Medical Anthropology, Introductory Course (MED)

Course content

Medical anthropology is the study of how health and illness are shaped,
experienced, and understood in the context of cultural, historical, and
political forces.

It includes the ways that human communities understand and respond to the
challenges of health and illness, it studies illness and suffering as part of the
general study of culture, and it strives to interpret them in the light of wider
understandings of social relations, technology, politics 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.

Education

The course serves as a part of the specialised track in the Anthropology of Health. Medical specialization.

 

Board of Studies, Department of Anthropology

From fall 2024 the course is also offered to students at the

- Master Programme in Social Data Science

- Master Programme in Political Science

- Bachelor and Master Programme in Psychology

Enrolled students register the course through the Selfservice. Please contact the study administration at each programme for questions regarding registration.

 

The course is open to:

  • Exchange and Guest students from abroad
  • Credit students from Danish Universities
Learning outcome

Skills:
At the end of the course students are expected to:

  • Present key anthropological arguments and concepts in course readings
  • Use anthropological concepts to present ethnographic case material

 

Knowledge:
At the end of the course students are expected to:

  • Identify central anthropological approaches to studying health, illness 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

 

Competences:
At the end of the course students must be able to:

  • Recognize how cultural values, social situations and relations shap 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.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

Students will receive feedback after each exercise during the interactive seminars.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio
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 BA student and max. 37,500 keystrokes for one MA student. For groups of two students, max. 40,000 keystrokes BA students and max. 47,500 for MA students. For groups of three students, max. 45,000 keystrokes for BA students and max. 52,500 for MA students. For groups of four students, max. 50,000 keystrokes for BA students and 57,500 for MA students. 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.
Aid
All aids allowed

Policy on the Use of Generative AI Software and Large Language Models in Exams

The Department of Anthropology allows the use of generative AI software and large language models (AI/LLMs), such as ChatGPT, in written exams, provided that the use of AI/LLMs is disclosed and specified (i.e., how it was used and for what purpose) in an appendix that does not count towards the page limit of the exam.

 

If AI/LLMs are used as source, the same requirements apply for using quotation marks and source referencing as with all other sources. Otherwise, it will be a case of plagiarism.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Re-exam

1st re-exam: An essay must be submitted. The new assignment must be submitted by the deadline for the re-exam.

2nd re-exam: A new essay must be submitted. The new assignment must be submitted by the deadline for the re-exam.

Essay length: One BA student: 21.600-26.400 keystrokes. For group responses, Min. 6,750 and Max. 8,250 extra keystrokes per extra group member.

One MA student: 27,000-33,000 keystrokes. For group responses, Min. 8,450 and Max. 10,300 extra keystrokes per extra group member.

For groups with both BA and MA students:
A MA and a BA student: 31,900-38,975 (BA: 14.175-17.325 KA: 17.725-21.650)
A MA and two BA students: 38,050 – 46,475 (BA: 11,700-14.300 KA: 14.650-17.875)
A MA and three BA students: 44,525-54,375 (BA: 10.475-12,800 MA: 13.100-15.975)
Two MA and one BA student: 41,000-50,050 (BA: 11,700-14.300 KA: 14.650-17.875)
Two MA and two BA students: 47,150-57,550 (BA: 10.475-12,800 MA: 13.100-15.975)
Three MA and one BA student: 49,775-60,725 (BA: 10.475-12,800 MA: 13.100-15.975)

For groups writing together it must be clearly indicated which parts of the assignment each of the students has written.

Criteria for exam assessment

See description of learning outcome. Formalities for Written Works must be fulfilled, read more: MSc Students/ BA students (in Danish)/ exchange and credit students

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 100
  • Exam
  • 64
  • English
  • 206

Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
AANA18134U
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Bachelor
Bachelor choice
Full Degree Master choice
Duration

1 semester

Placement
Autumn
Schedulegroup
See timetable
Studyboard
Department of Anthropology, Study Council
Contracting department
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Political Science
  • Social Data Science
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Kasper Tang Vangkilde   (16-766c7e7b707d39816c79727674776f704b6c797f737d7a397680396f76)
Teacher

Bodil Just Christensen

Saved on the 14-05-2024

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