ANTHRCUL 327 - Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
Section: 001
Term: FA 2014
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR, SS
Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in ANTHRCUL or RCSSCI or WOMENSTD 240 or WOMENSTD with an SS designation.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course introduces students to the critical anthropological analysis of illness, health, healing, and medicine. We explore current and past medical anthropological approaches — political economic, phenomenological, symbolic, feminist, post-structural — in order to evaluate how well these frameworks convey the lived experience of bodies in their local worlds.

This lecture course introduces students to the anthropological analysis of illness, health, healing and medicine. Our investigation will be comparative, examining how different systems of meaning and power make sense of bodily states, historically and cross-culturally. We will explore current and past medical anthropological approaches — political economic, phenomenological, symbolic, feminist, post-structuralist — in order to critically evaluate how well these frameworks convey the lived experience of bodies in their local worlds. The intellectual excitement of medical anthropology comes from its ability to challenge categories and boundaries that seem natural and fixed. Ultimately, my goal is for students to think differently about the embodied relations of health and affliction as produced through the natural “order of things."

Course Requirements:

A midterm, a final, and two 5-page papers, weekly discussion questions. Attendance required. Participation in class and discussion section required.

Intended Audience:

Anthropology majors, Medical Anthropology minors, STP minors, and RC Social Science majors

Class Format:

3 hours/week lecture format, 1 hour/week discussion format. Discussions led by GSIs.

ANTHRCUL 327 - Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
25050
Open
2
 
19
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
P
25051
Open
1
 
3
Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
25052
Closed
0
 
4
W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
25053
Closed
0
 
6
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
25507
Open
1
 
6
Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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