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ANTH 204 - Medical Anthropology
ANTH 204

An introduction to various approaches toward health and illness in different cultural systems, and the interrelationship between health, environment, and culture.



  • Total Hours: 45
  • Lecture Hours: 3
Total Weeks: 15

This course is offered online: No

Prerequisites: ANTH 101 or ANTH 102

Learning Outcomes:

The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the concepts of health and disease and their relationship to the environment and cultural systems. The course introduces students to the ecological and environmental factors associated with health and nutrition. Drawing from recent anthropological perspectives and the intedisciplinary research in health issues, the course examines the diverse ways individuals and cultural systems perceive, define and maintain health.
  • This course intends to improve students' ability to read critically, to evaluate and analyze the available perspectives about human health according to a holistic approach, and to apply them to their own social experiences.
  • The primary goal of the course is to inspire students to use the principles of what they have learned to form coherent opinions about their own social lives, and the shape and the future of the Canadian society as a whole.
  • As part of the learning procedures, the students are required to be involved in peer group discussions, classroom discussions, and reviews. Therefore, participation consists of attendance, as well as completing the readings and in-class assignments (such as writing minute papers) and being prepared to give a brief summary of assigned readings, and being able to offer some sort of evalution of them. To this end, students should expect to prepare careful notes on the readings before coming to class.
  • Note: 1% will be deducted from overall 10% of class participation mark for each session that a student may miss. Attendance and active participation is therefore strongly advised.
Grading System: Letters

Passing Grade: D/50%

Writing Assignments:
  • 3 written responses/Commentaries (10% each). Summary and critical evaluation/review of selected readings AND/OR responses to assigned questions or videos. Must be three to four pages long, typed double space, 12 font. They are to be handed to the instructor following the meeting associated with the selected assigned reading (or as scheduled). They will be evaluated according to university criteria. Clear and critical exposition of arguments and association of ideas from media, textbooks, and personal experience is required.
Course Offered in Other Programs: No

Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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