HEST-250 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
Fall for 2017-2018
Faculty:
This course is an introduction to the field of medical anthropology, a fascinating and fast-developing branch of anthropology with great potential for careers in anthropology, medicine, public health, international aid and development, and environmental studies. We will examine medical systems from a cross-cultural perspective, learning about traditional theories of health and illness while keeping in mind international politics and the effects of globalization. Topics include: the cultural history of clinical medicine and medical anthropology, traditional medical practices from around the world, folk and alternative health care systems, race, class, and gender in health care and health disparities in the U.S., Disability Studies and Deaf Culture, and the medicalized identities of military veterans. There will be an individual case study assignment on the healing systems of Muslim communities in various contexts. The course will be conducted in seminar format. Active participation in class and on-line discussion is expected of all students. Grades will be based upon responses to readings (in class, via e-mail, and on Blackboard), Blackboard responses to activities and films, an individual case study and presentation, a midterm exam, and a group project and presentation.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Please see ANTH-250

Sections:

HEST-250-01 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
Fall for 2017-2018
Faculty:
This course is an introduction to the field of medical anthropology, a fascinating and fast-developing branch of anthropology with great potential for careers in anthropology, medicine, public health, international aid and development, and environmental studies. We will examine medical systems from a cross-cultural perspective, learning about traditional theories of health and illness while keeping in mind international politics and the effects of globalization. Topics include: the cultural history of clinical medicine and medical anthropology, traditional medical practices from around the world, folk and alternative health care systems, race, class, and gender in health care and health disparities in the U.S., Disability Studies and Deaf Culture, and the medicalized identities of military veterans. There will be an individual case study assignment on the healing systems of Muslim communities in various contexts. The course will be conducted in seminar format. Active participation in class and on-line discussion is expected of all students. Grades will be based upon responses to readings (in class, via e-mail, and on Blackboard), Blackboard responses to activities and films, an individual case study and presentation, a midterm exam, and a group project and presentation.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Please see ANTH-250
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