• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Culture, Health and Medicine
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies, Health Medicine and the Body, Public Health, Human Rights
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

This course introduces the student to existing and emerging paradigms for studying the relationship among health, development, and global change, including political economy, political ecology, environmental justice, and human rights perspectives.  It will draw, in particular, on critical-interpretive literature in medical anthropology.  Selected ethnographies and case studies from Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pazific will illustrate the various theoretical frameworks, with emphasis on the health effects of development. The final section of the course explores health policy and activism in the context of human rights based approaches to health.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Analyse how changes in the global political economy, including the promotion of free trade and other neoliberal policies, are affecting health and well-being;
  2. Evaluate how livelihoods and landscapes are being altered by these policies and practices and explore the health consequences of these changes;
  3. Analyse how structural inequalities of gender, age, ethnicity, and race contribute to health disparities in the context of globalization;
  4. Explore people's agency in the context of these global changes, particularly how human rights based approaches are being used to negotiate access to better health and treatment; and
  5. Effectively apply critical reading and writing skills. 

Indicative Assessment

Critical Reflections, 3x300 words (5% each for a total of 15%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 5]
Participation (10%) [Learning Outcome 5]:
      In-person mode: Class Participation
      Online mode: Weekly contributions to online discussion forum
Research Project (made up of A-D below), 5100 words (75%):
       A. Essay proposal, 600 words (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
       B. Annotated Bibliography, 1000 words (15%) [Learning Outcomes1, 2, 3, 4]
       C. Research essay, 3500 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
       D. Conference Style Presentation, 10 minutes, with powerpoint summary (10%) [Learning Outcome 5]:
            In-person mode: Presentation in class
            Online mode: either live presentation to class via videoconferencing, or audiovisual recording of presentation and written response to any written questions from the class.

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130 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 workshop and workshop-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.


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:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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