Course: CHS 476/F. Healing Traditions in Chicana/o Communities (2/1)
Corequisite: CHS 476F. Recommended Preparatory Course: CHS 445 or CHS 346. A critical examination of traditional and innovative healing practices within Chicana/o and Mexican populations in the U.S. Through texts, discussions, guest lectures and site visits, students explore a complex web of cultural spiritual practices, beliefs and commitments for the purpose of analyzing how Chicano/a communities understand and experience healing from a holistic perspective. The course emphasizes the distinct epistemologies that drive culturally specific preferences for healing. Ancient Mesoamerican spiritual knowledge and contemporary Chicana/o epistemology will provide the framework from which to understand contemporary expressions of healing. Course requires 15 hours of fieldwork observing sites of relevant healing traditions. Available for graduate credit.