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This minor is intended for students who wish to understand the challenges associated with health care as an ethical issue in the international context. In doing so, it focuses on the convergence of three large fields of inquiry, raising questions about their intersection. Social justice is concerned with equity, with questions of fairness as they inform (or should inform) access to resources necessary for the survival and well-being of people around the globe.
To provide the necessary content, this minor presents an introduction to political economy, to cross-cultural approaches to health and wellness, and to theories of economic development as they relate to health care.
This minor is intended to prepare students for careers and leadership roles in the arenas of international health, medical ethics, overpopulation, economic development, human welfare and principles of social justice.
As with all minors, students should include four courses outside their major, four courses at the upper-division level, and four courses that are not being used to satisfy any other subject requirement. In addition, to satisfy this minor, students must choose courses from at least two different departments.
REQUIRED COURSE WORK: 24 units
Lower Division Requirement: Choose one Course (4 Units)
Students should have some experience with engaging ethical questions or considering the context in which these issues arise, which can be accomplished by completing one of the following:
Introduction to Political Economy: Choose One Course (4 Units)
The courses in this and the following categories provide an understanding of the forces that shape global development.
Theories of Development: Choose One Course (4 Units)
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Health and Wellness: Choose One Course (4 Units)
These courses explore cultural attitudes and differences about health and wellness that affect decisions about health care.
Perspectives on Social Justice: Choose One Course (4 Units)
These courses familiarize students with the application of legal and ethical questions to social phenomena and the allocation of resources.
Capstone Requirement: Choose One Course (4 Units)
These three capstone courses examine efforts to introduce issues of social justice to the distribution of health care and other resources essential for human survival and well-being.