ANTHR 2468

ANTHR 2468

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2014-2015.

Medicine has become the language and practice through which we address a broad range of both individual and societal complaints. Interest in this "medicalization of life" may be one of the reasons that medical anthropology is currently the fastest-growing subfield in anthropology. This course encourages students to examine concepts of disease, suffering, health, and well-being in their immediate experience and beyond. In the process, students will gain a working knowledge of ecological, critical, phenomenological, and applied approaches used by medical anthropologists. We will investigate what is involved in becoming a doctor, the sociality of medicines, controversies over new medical technologies, and the politics of medical knowledge. The universality of biomedicine (or hospital medicine) will not be taken for granted, but rather we will examine the plurality generated by the various political, economic, social, and ethical demands under which biomedicine has developed in different places and at different times. In addition, biomedical healing and expertise will be viewed in relation to other kinds of healing and expertise. Our readings will address medicine in North America as well as other parts of the world. In class, our discussions will return regularly to consider the broad diversity of kinds of medicine throughout the world, as well as the specific historical and local contexts of biomedicine.

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (CA-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 2468STS 2468

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7026ANTHR 2468  LEC 001

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  •  7323ANTHR 2468  DIS 201

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  •  7324ANTHR 2468  DIS 202

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  •  7325ANTHR 2468  DIS 203

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  •  7326ANTHR 2468  DIS 204

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  •  7327ANTHR 2468  DIS 205

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  •  7328ANTHR 2468  DIS 206

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  •  9609ANTHR 2468  DIS 207

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  •  9610ANTHR 2468  DIS 208

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