• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Culture, Health and Medicine
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Philosophy, Sociology, Medicine, Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Trang Ta
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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The course provides a critical analysis of medical anthropological approaches in the area of culture, health and medicine. It uses case studies to analyse the different forms of social and cultural analysis to the study of health, illness, and healing and its importance for public health projects in the area of infectious diseases, maternal health, and child health among others. In addition, the course will critically analyse the use and misuse of the concept ‘culture' and ‘behaviour change' in public health projects before addressing medical anthropological approaches in clinical settings. The course will situate health and illness in a broader local and global context to illustrate the diverse factors, such as political economy and socioculture that impact health outcomes around the world. The course aims to give an overview of theoretical and applied medical anthropological approaches and to equip students to work in the area of culture, health and medicine.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students who satisfy the requirements of this course will have the knowledge and skills:
  • to demonstrate a critical appreciation of the key concepts and approaches in medical anthropology
  • to demonstrate and apply the importance of culture in health related work.
  • to engage in health work and understand the likely social, cultural, political and economic factors influencing health, illness and sickness.
  • to reflect critically on their own experiences of health, illness and sickness in the light of the concepts and methods introduced in this course.

Indicative Assessment

Wiki contribution (25%), online class roleplay exercise (on-campus students: 15%, distance students: 25%), annotated bibliography and abstract (15%), 2500-word essay (35%) and tutorial participation (on-campus students: 10%)

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Delivery mode This course will be taught through a blended approach of 2-hour on-campus seminars and online material/processes, making it suitable for both on-campus and distance students.

Digital resources will be available through the ANU's learning management systems. Seminars will be recorded and subsequently made available as streamed readings. For many seminars, a multimedia version (PowerPoint presentations with narration by the lecturer) will also be available.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1542
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3780 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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