Postgraduate Course: Anthropology of Health and Illness (PGSP11423)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Medical 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 perspective on health and healing.
Week 1: INTRODUCING MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Week 2: THE BODY AND ITS PARTS
Week 3: SEX, GENDER AND NORMALITY
Week 4: MADNESS CROSS-CULTURALLY
Week 5: DISTURBED EMOTION
Week 6: ILLNESS AND INEQUALITY
Week 7: LIFE AND DEATH
Week 8: MEDICALIZATION AND BIOPOWER
Week 9: SUBSTANCES, SELF AND SOCIETY
Week 10: VIOLENCE AND TRAUMA
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 800-1000 word review essay (30%)
One 3,000-3,500 word assignment for (70%)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- why social and political analysis are relevant for understanding the body and mind, in and out of health
- why "modernity" has not made non-biomedical forms of healing disappear
- why biomedicine is also a social and cultural practice
- how medical anthropology uses different conceptual and theoretical approaches
- how medical anthropologists do ethnographic research
Lock, M. & Farquhar, J. (Eds). 2007. Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Alexander Edmonds
|Course secretary||Ms Emilia Czatkowska
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244