ant3chh culture, health and healing




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we offer an anthropological perspective on health, illness and healing. Students explore the ways in which culture shapes how we experience and understand states of health and illness and the diversity of approaches to diagnosis and healing. Medical anthropology is one of the largest sub disciplines of applied anthropology and students will explore its historical underpinnings, its contributions to theory and research methodology both within anthropology and other health disciplines more broadly. Students will also be offered opportunities to learn about medical anthropology in practice including how it contributes to interdisciplinary team work and community partnerships as applied to health and development, health promotion and public health, Aboriginal health and cultural diversity in the clinic.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Taylor

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjects ANT2CHH

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply anthropological theory to assess diverse social and cultural issues relating to sickness and health

Long essay

02. Carry out sustained research and develop coherent arguments on a relevant topic in Anthropology

Research for long essay

03. Develop a sustained, complex written argument in Anthropology

Short and long essays

04. Evaluate ethical and cultural considerations to issues in medical Anthropology

Essays, in-class test and lecture/tutorial discussions

05. Identify and critique a range of key issues in contemporary medical anthropology

In-class test

06. Write a critical review that appraises the role of anthropology in understanding and intervening in issues concerning sickness and health across cultures, and in the area of public health more specifically

Short essay

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Week 48-49, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Taylor

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 48 - 49
Eight 4.0 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 48 to week 49 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
in-class/online assessment tasks (1,500 word equivalent)4005, 04
one 1,000-word written assignment2503, 06, 04
one 1,500-word essay3501, 02, 04, 03