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 communities and in the clinic.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Taylor

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesEssays, in-class test and lecture/tutorial discussions

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsANT2CHH

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply anthropological theory to assess diverse social and cultural issues relating to sickness and health
02. Carry out sustained research and develop coherent arguments on a relevant topic in Anthropology
03. Develop a sustained, complex written argument in Anthropology
04. Evaluate ethical and cultural considerations to issues in medical Anthropology
05. Identify and critique a range of key issues in contemporary medical anthropology
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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Taylor

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.00 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

In-class/online assessment tasks (1,500 word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO4, SILO5

Short essay - 1,000-word written assignment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo25 SILO3, SILO4, SILO6

Long essay - 1,500-word essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4