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Illness and Healing

Undergraduate | MAQ-ANTX2002 | 2024

Previously MAQ-ANTX202

Examine healing practices and attitudes to illness from across the globe. Step into the world of biomedicine and shamanism. Think about attitudes to mental health and madness. Scan the role of imaging technologies in modern medicine.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Enrol by
14 July 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks
Start dates
22 July 2024

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HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

Illness and Healing

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate command of anthropological knowledge and theory as it relates to medical anthropology and the broader study of illness and healing practices in their social and cultural contexts.
    2. Identify the processes through which biology, culture, politics, and ecology interact to shape illness and health, health systems, and patterns.
    3. Research, analyse, and represent the illness experience of a person or community, emphasizing the integrative factors (culture, politics, social structure, etc.) influencing the condition.
    4. Identify and apply the theories and concepts of medical anthropology to critically evaluate one’s own culture and determinants of illness and health.
    5. Analyse how illness and health (and normality) are constructed within particular social, cultural, political, and environmental contexts.
    6. Analyse how inequality, social hierarchy, and structural violence generate unequal and often unique health determinants in the global and transnational context.

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

one of

  • MAQ-ANTX1006 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-ANTX2051 (Not currently available)

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-ANT202 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-ANTX202 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units): ANT202, ANTH202, ANTH274, ANTX202
NCCW (2020 and onwards): ANTH2002 Illness and Healing
Pre-requisite: 40 cps at 1000 level or above

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Arts

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