• Class Number 6090
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ta Ta
    • Dr Ta Ta
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

The course provides an introduction to the field of medical anthropology. It includes the application of different forms of social and cultural analysis to the study of health, illness, and healing. Examples of medical systems and medical practices are drawn from a range of cultures. In the first part of the course the scope of medical anthropology will be covered and different approaches to the understanding of the body discussed, including the social and cultural construction of illness and illness categories, healers and their roles, the foundations of efficacy in healing, and the place of individual and social agency in health and illness. In the second half of the course health and human rights, pharmaceuticals and ethics of medical research and organ trafficking will be the centre of the discussion.
The course provides a critical understanding of health care systems and political economy of health, illness and healing with a specific focus on the context in which health inequalities are experienced, how they are historically constructed and why they are maintained in the current realities. We will use case studies from across the world to explore the historical, environmental, biosocial, political economic and socio-cultural factors that influence individual and collective therapy management, local healing practices, national health care, and medical research and health policies in their local, national and international context, and to analyse fundamental medical anthropological concepts and theories and to critically analyse academic writing.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. discuss the relevance of advanced anthropological concepts for studying health and healing;
  2. identify key features of advanced anthropological approaches to health and healing;
  3. assess and critically compare the strengths and weaknesses of different anthropological approaches to health and healing;
  4. formulate well-researched anthropological areas of inquiry and questions to be applied to issues of health and healing;
  5. recognise and analyze the differences and similarities in various healing systems based on advanced anthropological concepts;
  6. work collaboratively to communicate the social significance of important medical and health issues and reflect on the process; and
  7. demonstrate advanced skills in critical reading, thinking, writing, and public presentation.

American Anthropologist

American Ethnologist

Anthropology and Medicine

Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry

Cultural Anthropology

Current Anthropology

Global Change and Human Health

Medical Anthropology Quarterly

Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness

Medicine, Anthropology, Theory

Social Science & Medicine

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction
2 Medical Knowledge of the Body
3 Biomedicine
4 Embodiment of Inequality
5 Mental Health
6 Eating and Nutrition
7 Sex and Sexuality
8 Ageing
9 Enhancement
10 Transplantation
11 Death and Dying
12 Public Presentation of Group Projects Group Projects Due

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Two Written Reflections 20 % 29/10/2021 15/11/2021 1-7
Presentation 10 % 29/10/2021 15/11/2021 1-7
Essay 20 % 29/10/2021 15/11/2021 1-7
Group Project 50 % 29/10/2021 15/11/2021 1-7

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 29/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 15/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1-7

Two Written Reflections

*The writing reflections are designed to help you think openly and concretely about the topic matter at hand and facilitate reflection on your comprehension of the material.* There will be one writing reflection in the first half of the semester and a second one in the second half of the semester. Students will need their readings and notes to complete the writing prompts via the course wattle page.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 29/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 15/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1-7


*This activity is designed to help students practice public presentation and develop critical thinking skills.* Each student will be required to make a brief presentation of no more than 10 minutes during seminar. On your designated day, you will present and discuss an outside example that serves to illustrate the themes of the readings for that particular seminar and you will be responsible for generating ONE discussion question for further class discussion.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 29/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 15/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1-7


*This activity is designed to deepen engagement with the theoretical material and encourage students to articulate their application of the readings to relevant examples.* Based on the example(s) you have chosen to present on your designated presentation day, write a short analytical essay of 1200 words examining how the concepts from the readings and learned in the course thus far provide an understanding of your chosen example.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 29/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 15/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1-7

Group Project

*This project is designed to challenge you to collaborate and to communicate the importance of public awareness of health and medical issues. You must employ your research skills and critical thinking skills to design a public information campaign that is informative, compelling, creative, and original.* Students will be divided into groups based on research interests to develop a multimedia public education campaign about any aspect of mental health, which is the theme for this year. Students are responsible for researching the topic and developing material that will inform the general public or targeted audience about the issue.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. OR Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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