Medical Anthropology

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Medical Anthropology

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    20 pts from ANTH 200-299;

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course introduces students to current questions in medical anthropology. It explores how culture shapes experiences of the body and illness, and critically examines the politics and ethics of modern global healthcare in a range of ethnographic settings.

    Course learning objectives
    By the end of ANTH 315 students passing this course should be able to:
    1 succinctly summarise a range of foundational and contemporary concepts in medical anthropology
    2 creatively synthesise and apply core theoretical concepts in medical anthropology to a range of ethnographic examples and contemporary medical issues
    3 critically evaluate the usefulness of core theoretical concepts for understanding contemporary medical issues
    4 critically reflect upon and recognise the wider social and cultural influences affecting our own beliefs and practices of health, illness, the body and medicine
    5 express informed perspectives on the relationship between culture, inequality and illness, drawing on diverse ethnographic settings.

    Reflective Critique Essay (1000 words) 20%
    Reflective Critique Essay (1000 words) 20%
    Research Essay (3000-3500 words) 40%
    Reflective Critique Essay (1000 words) 20%

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