Loren Gaudet is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia, where she specializes in rhetoric of science, technology and medicine. Her dissertation takes an interdisciplinary approach to troubling the seemingly benign concept of health awareness, tracing its persuasive effects beyond public health campaigns to the disciplining of everyday life.

Pharmaceuticals and their Advertisements

This course introduces students to, and invites them to participate in, scholarly conversations about pharmaceuticals and their advertisements. Together, we will read journal articles from a variety of fields (cultural studies, rhetoric, history, and more) and ask: how does pharmaceutical marketing affect the production of disorders? How are we persuaded to understand ourselves as healthy, or not? We will also think about the production of knowledge itself: how are disciplinary boundaries maintained and/or challenged, and how are knowledges shaped by these boundaries? By the end of this course, students will have developed an understanding of the generic features of academic articles in a diverse range of areas, honed reading, writing, and presentation skills, and built a lens through which to assess more critically health/medical information available through professional, public, and social media.