Discussion Difference in A Biology Course

Amber Wyman

“Discuss and analyze how categories of difference are or have been created, maintained, and experienced through power, privilege, and inequity.” This is a perfect outcome for discussing inequities in health care. There are many examples of differential treatment for patients depending on their race, socioeconomic status, or gender.

Here are two examples:

  • Pain management. Studies show that racial and ethnic minorities consistently receive inadequate pain management.
  • Management of chronic disease. There are significant differences in management and susceptibility to chronic disease conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc) based on racial and socioeconomic status.

Because I will be teaching entry level/high school students, I may not assign these particular readings from primary literature, but something similar for them to read. This would be followed by a guided discussion in class, and finally by a short reflective writing.

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