Medical anthropology is a comparative and ethnographic response to the global influence of biomedicine within diverse cultural worlds. This unit will examine major theoretical approaches, their respective critiques, and the methods that underpin them. Concepts such as 'health/illness', 'disease', 'well-being', 'life-death', and 'body/mind' will be located in a variety of cultural contexts and their implications for different approaches to diagnosis and treatment considered. The unit will include culturally located case studies of major contemporary health concerns, such as AIDS.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x1000wd Essay (30%), 1x3000wd Take-home exercise (60%), Tutorial participation (10%)
12 Junior credit points each in any of Anthropology, Gender Studies or Cultural StudiesProhibitions