- ARCHIVE as at 1 September 2013 for reference only

University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Postgrad (School of Social and Political Studies)

Postgraduate Course: Anthropology of Health and Healing (PGSP11071)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPostgrad (School of Social and Political Studies) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionMedical Anthropology is concerned with experiences and practices of health, illness, and healing in different social and cultural settings. One of anthropology's most rapidly growing sub-disciplines, medical anthropology explores both traditional healing and modern medical technologies. It looks at how healing forms address both old ills and emerging health problems associated with social change. This course introduces the students to the key issues in medical anthropology and gets them engaged with the field's distinctive perpective on health and healing.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- analyze health and healing from an anthropological perspective
- by reading a range of ethnographies, realize the breadth and scope of the anthropological engagement with medicine and healing
- have an advanced understanding of how the body is constituted as an object of the knowledges and practices of medicine in different cultural contexts
- have an advanced knowledge of non-biomedical forms of healing
- appreciate how different anthropological theories can be applied to issues in health and healing
Assessment Information
One essay of approximately 4,000 words.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Week 1. What is Medical Anthropology?
Week 2. Key Approaches to Health and Healing
Week 3. Research Methods and Ethics
Week 4. The Body and its Parts
Week 5. Performative Healing
Week 6. Medical Pluralism
Week 7. Really Real Remedies
Week 8. Biopower and biological citizenship
Week 9. Self-care
Week 10. Health and the Politics of Justice
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Course Textbook

Lock, M. & Farquhar, J. (Eds). 2007. Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

Introductory Readings

Hahn, R. 1995. Sickness and Healing: An Anthropological Perspective. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Helman, C.G. (Ed.). 2007. Culture, Health and Illness: An Introduction for Health Professionals. Fifth Edition. Oxford: Hodder Arnold.
Lock, M. M., & Nguyen, V.-K. 2010. An anthropology of Biomedicine. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Nichter, M. 2008. Global Health: Why Cultural Perceptions, Social Representations, and Biopolitics Matter. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press.
Nichter, M. & Lock, M. (Eds.). 2002. New Horizons in Medical Anthropology: Essays in Honour of Charles Leslie. London: Routledge.
Pool, R. & Geissler, W. 2005. Medical Anthropology. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Samson, C. (Ed.). 1999. Health Studies: A Critical and Cross-Cultural Reader. Oxford: Blackwell.
Saillant, F. & Genest, S. (Eds). 2007. Medical Anthropology: Regional Perspectives and Shared Concerns. Oxford: Blackwell.
Sargent, C.F. & Johnson, T.M. (Eds.). 1996. Medical Anthropology: Contemporary Theory and Method. Revised Edition. Westport, CT: Praeger.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Stefan Ecks
Tel: (0131 6)50 6969
Course secretaryMs Jessica Barton
Tel: (0131 6)51 1659
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information
© Copyright 2013 The University of Edinburgh - 10 October 2013 5:07 am