• Offered by ANU Medical School and the School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences / ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Culture, Health and Medicine
  • Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body
Representing Medicine: Performance, Drama and Identity (CHMD8005)

This course introduces students to the field of medical humanities, highlighting the complex and important relationship between medicine, literature and popular culture. It focuses on the representation of medicine in both literary and televisual texts and is divided into modules based on four different kinds of  medical representation:

1) Medical autobiography and reflective accounts of medical practice by doctors and other professionals

2) Pathography (personal accounts of illness)

3) Medical television drama

4) Medical reality television

These four modules will be linked through 6 key themes explored throughout the course:

Representations of the ideal medical professional (and challenges to this idealised identity)

Representations of the ideal patient (and challenges to this idealised identity)

The idea of medicine as performance  

The cultural construction of medical practice

The relationship between narrative and illness

The relationship between drama and medicine

Indicative Assessment

  • 6,000 words of written assignments (90%), divided into one short essay (1,500-2,000 words) and one long assignment (4,000-4,500 words)
  • Class participation (10%)

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Workload

24 hours of lectures/seminars.

 

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4309 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person

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