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Health & Culture: Introduction to Medical Anthropology

ANTH 20311: Health & Culture: Introduction to Medical Anthropology

This introductory course uses anthropological concepts to explore how different social groups experience health, illness, and healing. Our encounters with “traditional” healers, shamans, holistic practitioners, and medical doctors will prompt us to think about health and healing systems – including biomedicine or “Western” medicine – as social institutions, as well as sources of power and authority. Through critical readings, class discussions, and hands-on health practices, we will also consider how transnational flows and historical inequities shape how we know and experience our bodies.

Does not fulfill the University Social Science Requirement

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