Course Info: CSI-0138

CourseCSI-0138 Intro to Medical Anthropology
Long TitleIntroduction to Medical Anthropology
Note(s) Satisfies Distribution
Textbook information
Meeting InfoR.W. Kern Center 202 on T,TH from 12:30-1:50
FacultyJennifer Hamilton
Distribution(s) Power, Community and Social Justice
Cumulative Skill(s)Independent Work
Multiple Cultural Perspectives
Writing and Research
Additional InfoStudents are expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.

This course introduces students to medical anthropology, an interdisciplinary approach exploring how humans differently define and experience life, death, illness, wellness, health, sex, and pain throughout the world and over time. We begin with classic texts in medical anthropology and ethnomedicine and shift to more contemporary work in critical medical anthropology. There will be a special focus in the course on global inequalities in health and medicine, on cross-cultural perspectives on pain and suffering, and on understanding biomedicine as a cultural system.