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ANTX2002 – Illness and Healing

2020 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

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General Information

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Timothy Lynch
Payel Ray
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Unit description Unit description
This unit offers an introduction to medical anthropology and cross-cultural beliefs relating to illness and healing. We will examine health and illness from a multilevel perspective that explores the evolution of human disease, the role of culture in shaping epidemiology, varying cultural notions of disease causality, the individual experience of illness, and the socio-political factors that condition our experience and management of negatively-valued states of health. Throughout, the unit emphasizes that good health - and conversely ill health - is never simply a "fact" about the body. Disease and illness have social and biological origins, which means our understanding of this central fact of human life must incorporate not only biological factors, but also the broader cultural frameworks that transform mere disease into the culturally-specific experience of illness. All enrolment queries should be directed to Open Universities Australia (OUA): see www.open.edu.au

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: understand medical anthropology and develop an understanding of cross-cultural beliefs relating to illness and healing.
  • ULO2: be familiar with medical anthropological ethnography and ethnographic approaches to the investigation of illness and healing
  • ULO3: understand how biology, culture, politics, and ecology interact to shape illness and health, health systems, and patterns.
  • ULO4: appreciate the ways in which class, gender and ethnicity shape medical systems and outcomes.
  • ULO5: apply the theories and concepts of medical anthropology to critically evaluate one’s own culture and determinants of illness and health.
  • ULO6: critically evaluate Western biomedicine.
  • ULO7: apply and adapt anthropological knowledge to real world issues

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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