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Anthropology 108: Medical Anthropology

Time: Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Location: Clark Hall 310

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This is an introductory course in medical anthropology focusing on health, illness and healing from a cross-cultural perspective. This course examines the theoretical orientations important to the discipline. Through the examination of diverse case studies focusing on cultural beliefs and practices surrounding experiences of illness and disease, this course will explore biological, socio-economic, political and cultural contributors to health, illness, and healing. Ethnographic material from Western and non-Western settings will be used to explore how medical anthropologists use different theoretical and methodological approaches to understand how health, illness and healing practices are culturally constructed and mediated. This is an introductory course to medical anthropology and the theoretical orientations that shape it. We will explore biological, socio-economic, political and cultural contributors to health, illness, and healing. Through the examination of geographically diverse case studies we will explore multiple contributors, such as ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation and age, to health disparities in our communities, the United States, and internationally.

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