• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Culture, Health and Medicine
  • Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Christine Phillips
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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Representing Medicine: Performance, Drama and Identity (CHMD8005)

This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021, however students are encouraged to attend on-campus activities if possible.

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

Indicative Assessment

  • 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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Workload

24 hours of lectures/seminars.

 

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3630
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7062 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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