- 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 Public Health, Health
- Academic career PGRD
- AsPr Louise Stone
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2022
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This course is offered in two modes: online and in person. Please select the correct class number for the relevant mode of delivery when enrolling.
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
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically and reflectively analyse written and visual texts.
- Demonstrate awareness of the cultural discourses and themes which structure representations of medicine.
- Demonstrate awareness of the relationship between narrative, illness and medicine.
- Synthesise and reflect on idealised representations of medicine and medical professionals, and the impact of these on popular understandings of health, disease and medical practice.
- Presentation of visual material (7) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Minor Essay (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Major Essay (Presentation and Essay) (55) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Class participation (8) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face or online component which will consist of 2 hours per week for 10 weeks (total 20 hours).
- Online discussion component which will consist of 1 hour per week for 10 weeks (total 10 hours).
- Approximately 100 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
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