Session 19: Topics discussed in class
Session 20: Optional draft due
Session 22: Optional draft handed back
Session 24: Paper due
Choose a topic in the field of international health and write about it. Describe the medical aspects of your topic, using technical language sparingly—write for a general audience (Uncle Joe). Then describe the main social, cultural, political, and economic factors that constitute its context.
As always, if you have opinions, you may write briefly about them, drawing a clear distinction between any advocacy language and your descriptive/analytical writing. It's best to put opinions at the end of your paper if feasible.
The topic you choose should be amenable to a 7–10 page treatment. I can help you narrow or broaden it.
The way to go about choosing a topic (which is an integral part of the assignment) is to think about what interests you (guaranteed, SOMETHING in international health interests you). If you're stumped, think about our readings. If you're still stumped, browse through the topics in the "Supplementary Reading" section of the class website.
Papers may be about contemporary issues or historical ones.
Any topic concerned with health in the international context is a possibility.