Essays should be 5-7 pages long and have a clear, analytical, well supported point/argument. Essays should be grounded in the readings/cases discussed and prepared for class.

Essays should be 5-7 pages long and have a clear, analytical, well supported point/argument. Essays should be grounded in the readings/cases discussed and prepared for class.

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Professor Quirrell (in the book) and Lord Voldemort (in the movie) tells Harry “There is no good or evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.” Throughout the semester we have talked not only about the relationships among religion, science, and magic, but also the idea that to understand any/all of them, we have to understand the role power plays as well. Drawing on a minimum of 5 examples/case studies from class (you can include film, books, articles, etc), discuss this relationship. Why is it important to consider power when looking at each/any of these? Especially as it relates to health and individual experiences with their bodies?

Following are the 4 books used in class:

1. Cadge, Wendy. Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine. University of Chicago

Press, 2013

2. Ferngren, Wendy. Medicine and Religion: A Historical Introduction. Johns Hopkins

University Press, 2014.

3. Hannig, Anita. Beyond Surgery: Injury, Healing, and Religion at an Ethiopian Hospital.

University of Chicago Press, 2017.

4. Moerman, Daniel E. Meaning, Medicine, and the “Placebo” Effect. Cambridge

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