Faculty of Arts


Medical Anthropology

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for ANTHRO 324.


Explores understandings and practices of health and illness from around the globe, including from New Zealand and the Pacific. Uses a variety of anthropological perspectives to assess the ways in which disease, illness and wellness are defined and experienced in different cultural settings; analyses diverse practices associated with health and illness; how the politics and policies of nation-states and global health regimes intersect and shape experiences of medical treatment and care. Theoretical approaches to meaning are brought into play with critical ecological approaches in this course, which employs biological and social anthropological theories, methods and case studies. A multifaceted understanding of health as a complex phenomenon is its aim.

Availability 2012

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Judith Littleton


Coursework + exam


ANTHRO 324: 15.0 points


15 points from ANTHRO 201, 203, HLTHSOC 200, SOCSCIPH 200 or 30 points passed at Stage II

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