SOSANT2550 - Medical anthropology
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Medical anthropology includes studies of health, sickness, medicine and treatment. The sub-discipline has older ties to both classical anthropology (religion, magic, possession, witchcraft) and contemporary research into society, history and political economy.
While covering some ethnography of non-western medicine, the course will focus in particular on the anthropology of biomedicine, and of global health, and recent critical approaches in medical anthropology.
- Insights into different anthropological approaches to issues of health and healing around the world
- Understanding medical anthropology as a subfield of general anthropology, its history and its ties into general anthropological themes.
- Understanding the political role of controlloing health and disease and theoretical approaches used to question these
- Appreciating medical anthropology as a tool of social and political critique
- Familiarity with key current authors and texts in medical anthropology
- Capability to use recent theoretical approaches to study issues of health and disease globally
- Ability to formulate relevant analytical approaches to studies of health and disease
- Ability to critically investigate aspects of health policies and practices
- Capability to orally and in writing engage with social scientific discussions of health, sickness and medicine
The course consists of five lectures and five seminars. The course builds on active preparation and participation on the part of students.
It is expected that reading is done before the lectures, and the lecturer will ask some basic cold questions on scheduled texts in the beginning of each lecture.
The seminars will consist in part of presentations by the students, briefly summarizing individual readings. This will be explained and distributed in the first lecture.
The teaching is not compulsory, though it is highly recommended to participate.
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A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.
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