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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Social Anthropology

Undergraduate Course: Anthropology of Global Health (SCAN10063)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryMedical anthropologists often deal directly with problems in global health initiatives, and agendas which are frequently intertwined with international development institutions. Increasingly a link is being made (and contested) between disease control and poverty reduction. Some anthropologists who work in applied contexts attempt to translate public health knowledge and policy into effective action. Other anthropologists reflect critically on how governmental health initiatives are ever more central to everyday life and how global health organizations are producing a transnational government of the body. This takes place through processes of globalization, as ┐universal┐ concepts and practices related to health and illness travel to different parts of the world and interact with local agendas. In this course, we explore the tensions between different standpoints alongside case studies on how anthropologists engage with global health agendas
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will have an advanced knowledge and understanding of key concepts and theoretical approaches within anthropology and international health. In particular, they will:
- Grasp the relationship between globalization, development and health from an anthropological perspective
- Appreciate the possibilities and limitations of anthropology in its engagement with problems of contemporary global health, especially in regard to infectious diseases, maternal and child health, and mental health
- Have detailed knowledge and understanding of both applied and critical anthropology in relation to global health
- Be able to assess critically how anthropologists have written on biomedical ┐places┐ and the global reproduction of hospital spaces
- Be able to critically consider the changing politics and morality of humanitarian care
- Engage anthropological arguments in relation to health policy and practice.
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