- Code CHMD8014
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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 Postgraduate
- Dr Trang Ta
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2015
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This course is a survey introduction to advanced topics in the social scientific and humanistic study of health and medicine as it relates to culture. It is a discussion-based course focusing on theoretical and methodological questions in medical anthropology research and applied work in the health field. We begin by addressing how to employ ethnographic research to illuminate critical concerns about the social, political, economic, environmental, and historical context of embodiment, health, disease, illness experience, and therapeutic efficacy. Throughout this course, students will be exploring a selection of the wide range of subject matter and geographic regions that encompass medical anthropology. We will begin with the cultural conventions of biomedicine situated in the West and then incorporate some of the healing practices and medical afflictions around the world studied by medical anthropologists. Overall, the thematic topics include: theories of disease causation and healing efficacy; medicalization and the scientific gaze; production of medical knowledge; mental health; public health discourse and risk; the internationalization of pharmaceutical research; the possibilities and perils of new medical technologies; emergent forms of everyday health practices; the ethics of medical tourism; and health inequities. The objective is to provide an overview of theoretical and applied social scientific approaches to the study of culture, health, and medicine.
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the key concepts
and approaches in medical anthropology.
- Demonstrate and apply the importance of culture in health
- Engage in health work and understand the likely social,
cultural, political and economic factors influencing health, illness and
- Reflect critically on their own experiences of health, illness and sickness in the light of the concepts and methods introduced in this course.
Presentation: 30 minutes 10% (LO 1, 4)
Online Discussion Postings: 3 postings each approximately 500 words 10% each for a total of 30% (LO 1, 4)
Research Project: 5000 words 60% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
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For on-campus students: attendance at 2 hours of class discussion per week for 13 weeks. 8 hours of additional related independent coursework per week over the semester including reading, research and online activities (total 130 hours)
For distance students: 10 hours of independent coursework per week for 13 weeks involving listening to recorded discussions each week, readings, research and online activities (total 130 hours)
Baer, Hans A., Merrill Singer, and Ida Susser, 2013. Medical Anthropology and the World System: Critical Perspectives, Third Edition. Westport, CT: Praeger.
Good, Byron J., 1994. Medicine, Rationality, and Experience: An Anthropological Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Lock, Margaret, and Vinh-Kim Nguyen, 2010. An Anthropology of Biomedicine. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Sargent, C.F., and T.M. Johnson, 1996. Medical Anthropology:
Contemporary Theory and Method, Revised Edition. Westport, CT: Praeger
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 1
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|2198||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person|