The cultural context of medicine and other healing modalities and the meanings that illness experiences have for people in those contexts.
Have you ever wondered why people do the things they do when it comes to healthcare? Why some patients present with symptoms early, some late and some not at all? This paper will provide insights into what motivates and influences people's health behaviours. It is useful for all health professionals from any background and provides a general introduction to the discipline of medical anthropology and concepts and experiences of culture, embodiment, health and illness.
About this paper
|Culture, Health and Society
|Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
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- GENX 825
- Limited to
- PGCertGP, PGCertPHC, PGDipGP, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGDipRPHP, MGP, MHealSc
- May be taken by other approved students.
Suitable for health professionals from a range of disciplines.
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- Teaching staff
- Associate Professor Chrystal Jaye
Dr Katherine Hall
- Paper Structure
- This paper explores:
- The relationship between culture and health
- Ethno-medicine and healing modalities
- Global health and globalisation
- The culture of biomedicine
- Medicalisation and healthism
- Teaching Arrangements
This paper is distance taught using Moodle. There is one compulsory two-day residential at the start of the semester. Students are expected to participate in audioconferences and blogging discussions.
- There is no required textbook.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will have an understanding of the cultural and societal contexts within which medicine is practised.