• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Culture, Health and Medicine
  • Areas of interest Health Medicine and the Body, Public Health, Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Christine Phillips
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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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.

Other Information

Students are expected to engage with and discuss a variety of stimulus material. Some of this material will be chosen by the student to illustrate key concepts throughout the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Presentation of visual material (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Minor Essay (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Major Essay (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Asynchronous lectures of 60-90 minutes weekly as preparation (total 20 hours)
  • Face-to face or online tutorial or discussion which will consist of 1 hour per week
  • Approximately 100 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course

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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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
8383 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A
8448 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 Online N/A

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