AP/ANTH 3330 6.00
HEALTH & ILLNESS IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE: LEARNING AND DOING MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Course Director: Alexandra Widmer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Our course explores health, illness and medical systems from the viewpoint of social anthropology. It emphasizes medicine and health as culturally significant systems of knowledge and practice. The ways that medical anthropologists apply their knowledge and methods to improve health and social inequalities are the focus of the second term. Using critical and cross-cultural perspectives, our course will examine the diverse ways in which individuals and societies understand, express, and manage illness and health. In doing so, our course offers a window into the relationship between our bodies and our social, cultural and political worlds.
Through discussions of social issues like food choices, care, work and migration, we will ascertain how health and illness are produced and experienced in intersectional ways.