- Code BIAN2130
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Biological Anthropology
- Areas of interest Biological Anthropology, Health, Medicine and the Body, Forensic Anthropology
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
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, 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:-
- Meet the course aims as outlined in the Course Description.
- Become familiar and comfortable with a broad sample of scholarship on the archaeology, prehistory and history of medicine and surgery
- Augment (to a standard commensurate with second year undergraduate studies) their ability to think critically about basic assumptions and conceptual frameworks in analysing medical issues, past and present
- Develop skills in oral presentations and debate and in writing about ancient medical issues
Major Essay 3,000 words maximum (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4]
Tutorial Tasks equivalent to 2,000 words (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4]
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Workload130 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
It is unlikely that I will settle on a single main text due to a lack of any current texts that have the temporal and geographic depth and breadth of this course. Nonetheless, I am reviewing a number of potentially useful introductory texts.
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