• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Culture, Health and Medicine
  • Areas of interest Public Health, Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Louise Stone
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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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

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically and reflectively analyse written and visual texts.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of the cultural discourses and themes which structure representations of medicine.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of the relationship between narrative, illness and medicine.
  4. 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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Presentation of visual material (7) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Minor Essay (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Major Essay (Presentation and Essay) (55) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Class participation (8) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

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.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Prescribed Texts

n/a

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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6780 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A
6925 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 Online N/A

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