• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Biological Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Marc Oxenham
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
    See Future Offerings

This course is a survey of medicine, surgery, and medical theory and practices from prehistoric times through to the early medieval period. The focus of enquiry is the evolution and development of a suite of medical traditions over time as informed by their respective cultural milieus. Regionally Europe (the Greek and Roman empires and Medieval Europe specifically), North Africa (Egyptian), the Near East (Mesopotamia), the Indian subcontinent, and East Asia (especially China), are explored in detail. Sources for this survey include both received and discovered texts as well as a range of archaeological and osteological evidence.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. become familiar with a broad sample of scholarship on the archaeology, prehistory, and history of medicine and surgery;
  2. augment the ability to think critically about basic assumptions and conceptual frameworks in analysing medical issues, past and present; and
  3. deliver oral presentations and written debates about ancient medical issues.

Indicative Assessment

Major Essay 4000 words (50%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2
Tutorial Tasks, 2000 words (50%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 

 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed BIAN2130.

You will need to contact the School of Archaeology and Anthropology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Fees

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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
4016 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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