Medical Anthropology, Introductory Course
Medical anthropology is the study of health, illness, and healing across the range of human societies and over the course of human experience. It includes the ways that human communities understand and respond to the challenges of health and illness, it studies the meaning of signs of illness and suffering as part of the general study of culture, and it strives to interpret them in the light of wider understandings of resources, technology, ritual and religion. This introductory course covers some of the most familiar and important themes in medical anthropology. The literature focuses on classic texts dealing with issues such as classification of illness, uncertainties, bodies, subjectivities, identities, narratives, medicines, symbolic healing, patients and therapeutic journeys, lay and expert knowledge, medical practices, technologies and infrastructures. The aim of the course is to introduce the field of medical anthropology as part of the overall study of culture and society.
Board of Studies, Department of Anthropology
Identify central anthropological approaches to studying health, illness and healing in human societies and reflect on the differences between them
Describe illness experience, health practices, health technologies and health systems in different contexts and in cross-cultural settings
Present key anthropological arguments and concepts in course readings
Use anthropological concepts to present ethnographic case material
- Recognize how cultural values, social situations and relations shape understandings of and responses to the challenges of health and illness
The course consists of lectures, seminars and exercises based on in depth reading of ethnographic texts on health, illness and healing across a range of human societies. Students are expected to engage actively in oral presentations, discussions, group work and exercises.
BSc students and MSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature
The teacher will publish 200-300 pages of supplementary literature.
Course literature will be available through Absalon.
The course serves as a part of the specialised track in the Anthropology of Health.
Students will receive feedback after each exercise during the interactive seminars.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Type of assessment details
- Length: Portfolio exam can be written individually or in groups of Max. 4 students. Portfolio exams consist of 2-7 submissions. For MA students, there is a submission more than for BA students, i.e. if the BA student has to submit five submissions, the MA students must submit six submissions. The number of submissions is set by the lecturer. The total length of all of the submissions must be max. 30,000 keystrokes for one student. For groups of two students, Max. 40,000 keystrokes. For groups of three students, Max. 45,000 keystrokes and for groups of four students, Max. 50,000 keystrokes. In the case of group assignments, the contribution of each individual student must be clearly marked in the assignment. For groups with both BA and MA students, the same number of submissions is required as for MA students. The assignments are assessed jointly with a single grade.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
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- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
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- Department of Anthropology, Study Council
- Department of Anthropology
- Social Data Science
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Ayo Wahlberg (12-647c72317a646b6f6568756a436471776b7572316e7831676e)
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