• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Culture, Health and Medicine
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies, Health, Medicine and the Body, Public Health, Human Rights
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Fouzieyha Towghi
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course introduces the student to existing and emerging paradigms for studying the relationship among health, development, and global change, including political economy, political ecology, environmental justice, and human rights perspectives.  It will draw, in particular, on critical-interpretive literature in medical anthropology.  Selected ethnographies and case studies from Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pazific will illustrate the various theoretical frameworks, with emphasis on the health effects of development. The final section of the course explores health policy and activism in the context of human rights based approaches to health.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Analyse how changes in the global political economy, including the promotion of free trade and other neoliberal policies, are affecting health and well-being;
  2. Evaluate how livelihoods and landscapes are being altered by these policies and practices and explore the health consequences of these changes;
  3. Analyse how structural inequalities of gender, age, ethnicity, and race contribute to health disparities in the context of globalization;
  4. Explore people's agency in the context of these global changes, particularly how human rights based approaches are being used to negotiate access to better health and treatment; and
  5. Effectively apply critical reading and writing skills. 

Indicative Assessment

Critical Reflections, 3x300 words (5% each for a total of 15%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 5]
Participation (10%) [Learning Outcome 5]:
      In-person mode: Class Participation
      Online mode: Weekly contributions to online discussion forum
Research Project (made up of A-D below), 5100 words (75%):
       A. Essay proposal, 600 words (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
       B. Annotated Bibliography, 1000 words (15%) [Learning Outcomes1, 2, 3, 4]
       C. Research essay, 3500 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
       D. Conference Style Presentation, 10 minutes, with powerpoint summary (10%) [Learning Outcome 5]:
            In-person mode: Presentation in class
            Online mode: either live presentation to class via videoconferencing, or audiovisual recording of presentation and written response to any written questions from the class.
 

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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 workshop and workshop-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

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
3373 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A
3443 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 Online N/A

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