Illness and Healing
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.
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- 27 Jul 2020
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Understand medical anthropology and develop an understanding of cross beliefs relating to illness and healing
- Gain familiarity with ethnographic approaches to illness and healing
- Appreciate the ways in which class, gender and ethnicity shape medical systems and outcomes
- Critically examine Western biomedicine
- Apply and adapt anthropological knowledge to real work issues
- Gain and/or improve research skills
- Acquire and express information and arguments in a scholarly manner and with appropriate citation
- Competently use on-line resources
- Effectively and efficiently organise and manage goals.
- Defining illness and disease, the normal and the abnormal
- Placebos and cultural meaning
- Ethics and drug trials
- Illness narratives
- Biomedicine and shamanism
- The culture of biomedicine
- Health and indigenous Australia
- Cross-cultural perspectives on madness
- Imaging technologies and reproductive health
- Gender and the body: anorexia and menstruation
- Pathologies of power and the organ trade
- Pharmaceuticals and ADHD
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-ANTX202-Illness and Healing
- OtherDetails -
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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as ANTX202 Culture and Healing and ANTX202 Illness and Healing.
The subject offers an introduction to medical anthropology and cross cultural beliefs relating to illness and healing. Different notions about disease causality are examined, as well as the way in which disease has social as well as biological origins. Healing practices, including Western biomedicine, are treated as being inevitably predicated on cultural systems of understanding. Specific topics include the abnormal, culture bound syndromes, body techniques, witchcraft, shamanism, placebos and the 'meaning effect', discipline, social suffering, illness narratives, the relationship between illness and social experience, clinical encounters and changing concepts of mental health.
- Essay (40%)
- Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
- Review (10%)
- Tutorial topics (10%)
Textbooks are not required.
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