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GENA825 Culture, Health and Society

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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.

Paper title Culture, Health and Society
Paper code GENA825
Subject General Practice
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,469.00
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GENX 825
Limited to
May be taken by other approved students.
Suitable to 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.
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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.

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Not offered in 2022

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