ANSO103 | Spring | 6 ECTS

Medical Anthropology I: Health and Illness in Cross Cultural Perspective

This course offers a systematic introduction to medical anthropology and the use of anthropology both in and of global health. A survey of cross-cultural studies of health and illness and the sociology of science and technology will be used to understand the development of medical anthropology, the tensions between 'applied' and 'critical' medical anthropology, and the shift towards an anthropology of biomedicine. Readings will include both seminal and contemporary ethnographies, and be used to chart the genealogy of contemporary theoretical paradigms. While highly recommended for ANSO students interested in these topics, this course will also be accessible to others interested in understanding the role of anthropology in global health today.