Independent Study is offered every semester and lasts 16 weeks. Contact us at any time:
Independent Study

Opportunities for independent study are available to students and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and community members. This course of study helps you think critically about health as it is understood across disciplines, institutions, and social systems. 

The independent study option is available to those seeking personalized learning outside the traditional classroom. It is intended for individuals on campus, as well as those conducting fieldwork or coursework abroad. We can provide a general syllabi, or you can construct your own reading list from a collection of syllabi and reading guides provided by the Lab.  A faculty member affiliated with the lab will provide regular oversight. For those seeking course credit, departmental approval is required.

Readings may include excerpts from the following. Reading guides are available.

Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment
João Biehl (2005)
Economies of Abandonment
Elizabeth A. Povinelli (2011)
How it Works: Recovering Citizens in Post-Welfare Philadelphia
Robert P. Fairbanks II (2009)
Time Seizures and the Self: Institutional Temporalities and Self-Preservation Among Homeless Women
Amy Cooper (2015)
Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality
Jonathan Metzl (2010)
Democratic Insecurity: Violence, Trauma, and Intervention in Haiti
Erica James (2010)
Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy and Birth at a Large New York City Public Hospital
Khiara M. Bridges (2011)
Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century
Dorothy Roberts (2012)
Wretched of the Earth
Franz Fanon (1963)
Two Regimes of Global Health
Andrew Lakoff (2010)
When Experiments Travel
Adriana Petryna (2009)