|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
(ANTH150 or ANTH1050) or 40cp at 1000 level or above
This unit introduces us to a perspective on illness and healing that opens up when we give central importance to human experiences of what it is to be ill or to be healed. This means that we do not necessarily have to choose between biology and sociology, between individual and culture. These elements get integrated – and this is insight comes through in the more holistic understandings of “alternative” therapies as well as in the accounts we have of healing traditions from around the world. But how and where does this integration occur? To answer this, we need to refer to experience, both individual and collective. The unit will therefore give priority to richly experiential accounts made available in ethnographies, as well as in other kinds of writing such as literature and introduce us to a perspective called phenomenology. As we seek to understand the wide variety of ways in which different cultural histories have understood what it means to be ill or to be healed, we will necessarily go deeper into some of anthropology’s most fundamental challenge – it tells us that what it means to be ‘human’ is fundamentally a relationship to the world around us, and that world has been understood in very different ways across time and place.
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|Tutorial Preparation and Participation based on set weekly readings and listening to weekly lecture.||30%||No||Weekly|
|Short Essay||30%||No||10/09/2021 23:59|
|Long Essay||40%||No||29/10/2021 23:59|
Tutorial Preparation and Participation based on set weekly readings and listening to weekly lecture.
Short essay of 1500-words gauging comprehension of the first six weeks of the unit content.
Word length: 2000 words Choice between a) book-review essay (choice of books will be nominated by the unit convener) or b) Implications of unit content for healing practice.
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