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ANTH423 Bodies, Technologies and Medicines

Anthropological analysis of what it means to be human in living and working with innovative medical technologies such as genetic testing, xenotransplantation, intensive care units, organ transfers and gender reassignment surgeries.

This is an advanced course in medical anthropology which explores what it might mean to be an embodied human in relation to a range of contemporary medical technologies. Our examples include both low touch/high tech and high tech/low touch technical assemblages. Our vantage point considers a variety of subject positions (including patients, scientists, doctors, paramedical workers, clients, customers, users of services, nonhuman animals assisting in the development of these technologies, chimeras and cyborgs). We draw widely from the international literature on anthropologies of biomedicine and theories of embodiment to define (as anthropologists) our own local and theoretically informed account of the politics, everyday ethics and embodied experience of selected biomedical practices.

Paper title Bodies, Technologies and Medicines
Paper code ANTH423
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year, Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,076.55
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,267.52

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Prerequisite
72 300-level ANTH points
Recommended Preparation
ANTH 322 or ANTH 323
Notes
May not be credited together with ANTH 411 passed in 2002-2004.
Teaching Arrangements
Through Zoom and Blackboard.
Textbooks
Required reading is from journal articles and book chapters available electronically through E-reserve (accessed via Blackboard). Books may be borrowed remotely from the University Library.
Contact
Associate Professor Ruth Fitzgerald
Paper Structure
Virtual seminars will be conducted once a fortnight via Zoom, one page mini-lectures will be distributed via Blackboard for further discussion and debate, a number of small scale research and/or writing tasks will be completed and lodged via Blackboard and also used as a basis for class discussion.
Paper is assessed 100% internally. There are two major assessment pieces: (1) a book review essay, and (2) a reflexive essay critically examining the contribution of the selected book for review to wider discussions on embodiment theories.
Learning Outcomes
Student anthropologists will demonstrate deep understanding of the work of one scholar in the subfields of the medical anthropology of embodiment and/or anthropological studies of science and technology. Students will achieve high level skills in book reviewing, critical reading, succinct summarizing and analysis of writing as an annotated bibliography entry, and the preparation research and execution of a reflexive research essay. Studies will be able to confidently assess the contriubtion of medical anthropological theorising of the mindful body within the broader contexts of social science theorising of embodiment. Studies will increase their vocabulary and comprehension of the concept of moral reasoning as discussed in contemporary writing in medical anthropology.
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Ruth Fitzgerald
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
global perspective, interdisciplinary perspective, scholarship, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics, self-motivation.
view more information about otago's graduate attributes

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Anthropological analysis of what it means to be human in living and working with innovative medical technologies such as genetic testing, xenotransplantation, intensive care units, organ transfers and gender reassignment surgeries.

This is an advanced course in medical anthropology that explores what it might mean to be an embodied human in relation to a range of contemporary medical technologies. Our examples include both low-touch/high-tech and high-touch/low-tech technical assemblages. Our vantage point considers a variety of subject positions (including patients, scientists, doctors, paramedical workers, clients, customers, users of services, nonhuman animals assisting in the development of these technologies, chimeras and cyborgs). We draw widely from the international literature on anthropologies of biomedicine and theories of embodiment to define (as anthropologists) our own local and theoretically informed account of the politics, everyday ethics and embodied experience of selected biomedical practices.

Paper title Bodies, Technologies and Medicines
Paper code ANTH423
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year, Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

Prerequisite
72 300-level ANTH points
Recommended Preparation
ANTH 322 or ANTH 323
Notes
May not be credited together with ANTH 411 passed in 2002-2004.
Teaching Arrangements
Through Zoom and Blackboard
Textbooks
Required reading is from journal articles and book chapters available electronically through E-reserve (accessed via Blackboard). Books may be borrowed remotely from the University Library.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes
Learning Outcomes
Student anthropologists will demonstrate deep understanding of the work of one scholar in the subfields of the medical anthropology of embodiment and/or anthropological studies of science and technology. Students will achieve high-level skills in book reviewing, critical reading, succinct summarising and analysis of writing as an annotated bibliography entry, and the preparation, research and execution of a reflexive research essay. Students will be able to confidently assess the contribution of medical anthropological theorising of the mindful body within the broader contexts of social science theorising of embodiment. Students will also increase their vocabularies for and understanding of the concept of moral reasoning, as it is discussed in contemporary writing in medical anthropology.
Contact
Associate Professor Ruth Fitzgerald, ruth.fitzgerald@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Ruth Fitzgerald
Paper Structure
Virtual seminars will be conducted once a fortnight via Zoom; one page mini-lectures will be distributed via Blackboard for further discussion and debate; a number of small-scale research and/or writing tasks will be completed and lodged via Blackboard and also used as a basis for class discussion.

The paper is assessed 100% internally. There are two major assessment pieces:
  1. A book review essay
  2. A reflexive essay critically examining the contribution of the selected book for review to wider discussions on embodiment theories

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 10:00-11:50 9, 11, 15, 17, 19, 21
AND
M1 Friday 10:00-11:50 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 10:00-11:50 9, 11, 15, 17, 19, 21
AND
M1 Friday 10:00-11:50 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41