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    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

    Paper title Culture, Health and Society
    Subject General Practice
    EFTS 0.125
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,509.38
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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.

    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.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete the paper will have an understanding of the cultural and societal contexts within which medicine is practised.


    Not offered in 2023

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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