Week 2: Ecological & Biological Approaches


  • Activity: Health Equity Quiz [complete]
  • Lecture: 2.1 Ecology and Adaptation [watch] [download]
  • PDF: McElroy – Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives [read]
  • Lecture: 2.2 Race and Medicine [watch] [download]
  • Clip: Eugenicist Movement In America [watch]
  • PDF: Gravlee – How Race Becomes Biology: Embodiment of  Social Inequality [read]
  • Clip: Race and the New Biocitizen [watch]

Select 3 of the following episodes to watch and read through the corresponding case studies linked here [link]

***some of the case studies may be unavailable on PBS – don’t worry about it, just pick three of the videos below to watch***

  • Film: Unnatural Causes 1 – “In Sickness and in Wealth” [watch]
  • Film: Unnatural Causes 2 – “When the Bough Breaks” [watch]
  • Film: Unnatural Causes 3 – “Becoming American” [watch]
  • Film: Unnatural Causes 4 – “Bad Sugar” [watch]
  • Film: Unnatural Causes 5 – “Place Matters” [watch]
  • Film: Unnatural Causes 6 – “Collateral Damage” [watch]
  • Film: Unnatural Causes 7 – “Not Just a Paycheck” [watch]


  • Reflection Post: W2 Reflection Prompt [link] – due 7/12
  • Activity Post: W2 Activity Prompt [link] – due 7/12
  • Comments: Due 7/14
  • Weebly Post: Share the link to your Weebly [link]- due 7/12
  • Weebly: Work on the Ecological/Biological Approach Page of your Weebly [link]

This Post Has 6 Comments

    • Elliott Orr says:

      Taz – I think what Peter is referring to are the case studies themselves. All of the videos are available via the links as you said, but only three of the case studies are available. The rest say, “coming soon” and there doesn’t seem to be an access point for them. As of now, I have just watched the videos for the ones without written case studies. If the links become available for the currently missing ones, please me (and the class) know. Thanks 🙂

  1. Taz Karim says:

    Ahhh – gotcha. I guess PBS took those down from the site (something I unfortunately have no control over). Don’t worry about it though – reading the case study was just a suggestion to help you decide which videos you wanted to watch. As long as you actually watch the videos themselves, you will get the information that would have been in the text of the case studies.

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