AN2004 - Medical Anthropology: Health, Science and Biopolitics
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Arts, Society & Education
This subject provides an introduction to the history and philosophy of medicine and
to the three broad approaches to medical anthropology: interpretive; critical; and
biocultural. Medical Anthropology explores a variety of medical systems that human
groups have developed through time to maintain the health of individuals and communities.
Emphasis is placed on understanding health and illness as culturally and politically
situated phenomena. The Western medical scientific paradigm is situated philosophically
and historically as a culturally informed knowledge system to be considered comparatively.
Through case studies drawn from around the world, the subject explores issues such
as human-technology relationships, global health programs, drug use, addiction and
mental health, theories of bodies and minds, shamanism and traditional healing practices,
and the consequences of inequality on health.
- to identify the ways socio-cultural and political issues relate to health and illness;
- to locate the development of the Western and non- Western systems of knowledge within
a broader history of ideas and technologies;
- to critically analyse relationships between health, social development and inequality;
- to demonstrate knowledge of a range of theoretical perspectives in medical anthropology
for critically considering human technology, human-environment relationships as they
relate to health and illness.
- quizzes or tests (% - 30%)
- tutorial attendance and participation (% - 20%)
- essays (% - 50%).
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