Prerequisite: 12:153 or permission of Instructor.
This course reviews foundational and contemporary work in the field of medical anthropology, treating illness and healing as cultural, political and experiential phenomena. Biomedicine and traditional therapeutic systems will be compared with a focus on ethnographic and applied anthropological case studies that directly or indirectly theorize the body, the mind, and experiences of well-being, disease and illness. Special attention will be paid to health and illness among Canada’s minority populations and areas characterized by medical pluralism throughout the Global South.
3 lecture hours per week, one term.