- Code CHMD8005
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Medical School
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Culture, Health and Medicine
- Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
This course is not available in 2017.
This course introduces students to the field of medical humanities, highlighting the complex and important relationship between medicine, literature and popular culture. It focuses on the representation of medicine in both literary and televisual texts and is divided into modules based on four different kinds of medical representation:
1) Medical autobiography and reflective accounts of medical practice by doctors and other professionals
2) Pathography (personal accounts of illness)
3) Medical television drama
4) Medical reality television
These four modules will be linked through 6 key themes explored throughout the course:
Representations of the ideal medical professional (and challenges to this idealised identity)
Representations of the ideal patient (and challenges to this idealised identity)
The idea of medicine as performance
The cultural construction of medical practice
The relationship between narrative and illness
The relationship between drama and medicine
- 6,000 words of written assignments (90%), divided into one short essay (1,500-2,000 words) and one long assignment (4,000-4,500 words)
- Class participation (10%)
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24 hours of lectures/seminars.
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