My teaching is dedicated to leveraging critical, intersectional, and transdisciplinary approaches to unpacking long-standing and emergent social issues in the Philippines. In my classes, I encourage students to critique and contend with taken-for-granted assumptions about human behavior, especially as it relates to health and medicine, queerness, and social inequalities. While my classes entail deep immersion in theoretical and conceptual readings and debates, my classes are also opportunities for students to extend their critical thinking to real-life applications through the development of actionable policy and program recommendations.
Fundamentals of Sociology of Health and Wellness
This course introduces students to the sociological exploration and analyses of health, disease, illness, and healthcare. This will entail exploring and understanding the social aspects of health and illness, including the social relations, structures, institutions, and forces that influence health outcomes, behavior, and disparities. In this course, students will use and deepen their sociological imagination to make sense of long-standing, emergent, and invisible health problems in Philippine society.
Introduction to Health Social Science
Behavioral Science 156
This course introduces students to the contributions and applications of the behavioral sciences to the exploration and analysis of health and human behavior. Using a transdisciplinary approach, students will leverage key theories and perspectives in health social science to analyze health behaviors in relation to historical and emergent health issues in contemporary Philippine society. Special attention is afforded to the health experiences and outcomes of oppressed communities and sectors in Philippine society and how their minority status informs their health behaviors.
Gender and Human Behavior
Behavioral Science 121
This course introduces students to key theories, concepts, debates, and issues in gender, sexuality, and queer studies. Students will explore and leverage anthropological, psychological, and sociological perspectives to understand how gender and sexuality influence human behavior—and vice versa. This entails analyzing the intersections of gender and sexuality with other social positions, the historical, socio-cultural, political, and biomedical constructions of gender and sexuality, and the ways that humans embody and perform gender and sexuality. Special attention is afforded to long-standing and emergent issues in contemporary Philippine society, such as reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and sexual cultures.
Critical Social Psychology
This course explores how society shapes and informs individual behavior—and vice versa. In this course, students will learn to integrate micro-level (psychological) and macro-level (sociological) frameworks and perspectives in analyzing human affect, behavior, and cognition in Philippine society. Special attention is afforded to phenomena and issues related to power dynamics, social inequality, oppression, and marginalization in Philippine society.