ASS206 - Medical Anthropology

Year:

2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with: ASS306
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

 1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week

Note:

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Content

The study of human knowledge systems in the area of health and illness lies at the heart of anthropology as a whole. Medical anthropology is thus pivotal to the discipline and is also a major point of articulation between anthropology and other sciences. In this unit, students will learn key concepts and approaches in medical anthropology through the study of a spectrum of traditions of healing and embodiment, as well as the study of western medicine, or biomedicine, as a distinctive cultural system. Through detailed case studies of different medical phenomena and how humans act in relation to them, students will examine health and healing from a cross-cultural, “biosocial” perspective. Fundamental concepts such as the division between mind and body, the social construction of disease, culture-bound syndromes, and structural violence will be examined. Special emphasis is given to the relationship between health, disease, systems of power, and disparities in wealth and resources.

Unit Fee Information

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