Another FaCTS Mellon Project
ALL ABOARD!! Teaming up to Explore Clinical and Social Scientific Dimensions of Women's Health in an Undergraduate Women's Studies Program
by Dr. Pamela N. Waldron-Moore
The proposed project intends to develop approaches to team-teaching on women's health for undergraduate students, enabling them to benefit from clinical and other aspects of the theme as well as explanations for disparities in women's health. Scholars have argued the benefits of integrative teaching, suggesting that when interdisciplinary courses are taught from diverse perspectives in integrative manner, students are more likely to be engaged and to gain the level of understanding they need to lead and serve a cross-section of communities identifying women's health needs and ways to satisfy them. Integrating understandings from the College of Pharmacy (COP), given its clinical expertise, with knowledge from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), given its global, political, economic and socio-cultural focus, would help prepare undergraduate learners for policy-making and global leadership in health-related careers. As disparities in women's health grow, it is important to introduce students to factors contributing to the health gap across communities of women. Given the specializations of participating faculty, this project can provide support for designing interdisciplinary assignments and creating learning experiences utilizing innovative pedagogical tools. The project can also build leadership components into the course as students identify related special areas of interest.
Start date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Finish date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015