Introduction to Medical Anthropology

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Intro to Medical Anthropology

Spring 2021

Taught By: Lee Brando

Section: A

CRN: 7228

Credits: 4

Emerging a half century ago out of the anthropology of religion, medical anthropology, as the cross cultural understandings of health, illness, sickness, and healing has become increasingly interdisciplinary, intersecting with law, ethics, economics, history, and much more. In this introductory survey, we will explore classical and contemporary themes in the subdiscipline of medical anthropology. Through lecture, readings, discussion, films, and writing we will span the topics narrative emplotments of clinical encounters, citizenship and the pharmaceuticalization of health, racialized medicine and pain management, the commodification of bodies through organ transplantation, structural violence and social suffering, health care systems as social systems, biocultural approaches to disease transmission, and aging and the lifecourse: from birth to death. Ethnographic methods, as a mainstay of the field, will also be discussed. Students will be expected to select an ethnography and prepare a 20 minute group presentation, write a review of another ethnography, and take a midterm and final exam. For Anthropology majors this course will satisfy requirements in Reading or Writing.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (LANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:47pm 7/11/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1108

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/10/2021