Syllabus for Contemporary Issues in Medical Anthropology

Aktuella frågor inom medicinsk antropologi

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5KA425
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Cultural Anthropology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2017-10-25
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Revised: 2018-01-31
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 27, 2018
  • Entry requirements: Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
  • Responsible department: Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Learning outcomes

This course aims to develop advanced discussions and students’ knowledge of contemporary issues in the field of medical anthropology.

After accomplishing the course the student is expected to:

  • Demonstrate a capacity to evaluate and critique the current debate concerning medical anthropology and its relationship to biomedicine, public health and policy.
  • Understand the specific paradigms used by medical anthropologists when conducting anthropological research and in interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of current research being undertaken by medical anthropologists in different countries and scholarly traditions.
  • Be able to identify appropriate material in anthropological journals, making use of electronic databases etc. to trace the history of a current topic or debate through the existing literature.

Content

The course will examine the scope of medical anthropology and its relation to biomedicine, public health and international health policy, as fields of investigation and/or collaboration. Privileging a critical medical anthropological approach the course will consider the implications of carrying out research within a biomedical context, whether in the global north or the global south. We will examine the challenges medical anthropologists face in research collaborations with public health, international health organisations, and medical professionals. Issues to be examined may include one or more of the following: ‘the body’, digital health, mental health, hospital ethnography, pharmaceuticals, anatomy, assisted reproductive technologies, medical anthropological schools, etc. Each contemporary issue will focus on the analysis of a monograph, with supporting journal articles. 

Instruction

The course consists of one or more of the following sessions: lectures, seminars, presentations, and debates. Language of instruction is English. In these sessions, you will also need to draw regularly on concepts and empirical data studies acquired during previous courses - both to aid in your understanding of the ‘current issues' you are presented with here and also to demonstrate that you are capable of synthesizing and assessing a wide range of related material.

Assessment

The examination will be in one or more of the following formats: home exam, essay writing, group work, seminar presentation, active seminar participation and/or oral exam. The grades are pass with distinction (VG), pass (G), or fail (U).

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2018

  • Baer, Hans A.; Singer, Merrill Global warming and the political ecology of health : emerging crises and systemic solutions

    Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, c2009.

    I.e. Baer, Hans, and Merrill Singer. 2016. Global warming and the political ecology of health: Emerging crises and systemic solutions. London: Routledge. [202pp.]

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Kitanaka, Junko Depression in japan - psychiatric cures for a society in distress

    The University Press Group Ltd, 2011

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Livingston, Julie Improvising medicine : an African oncology ward in an emerging cancer epidemic

    Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2012

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Lupton, Deborah Digital health : critical and cross-disciplinary perspectives

    Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2018.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Martin, Emily Bipolar expeditions : mania and depression in American culture

    Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.

    Kitanaka Junko or Martin, Emily or Rose, Nikolas: Either of these, depending on personal interest.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Mol, Annemarie The body multiple : ontology in medical practice

    Durham: Duke University Press, 2002

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    Mandatory

  • Rose, Nikolas S.; Abi-Rached, Joelle M. Neuro : the new brain sciences and the management of the mind

    Princeton: Princeton University Press, c2013.

    Kitanaka Junko or Martin, Emily or Rose, Nikolas: Either of these, depending on personal interest.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Whittaker, Andrea "Thai in vitro : gender, culture and assisted reproduction"

    2015

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    Mandatory