An introduction to the main themes and theoretical frameworks in medical anthropology, including applied medical anthropology, cultural construction of illness, and critical medical anthropology. Topics may include the origin and evolution of infectious diseases with human societies, epidemics, pandemics, medicalization, nutrition, public health campaigns, and the comparative study of medical systems.
Students interact with expert craftspeople to learn about the constraints and possibilities of various media (stone, clay and fibre) as well as the dimensions of choice and cultural significance that shape technology styles. Emphasis is placed on material culture's active role in the productionof culture and in the making of human life experience.
Designed to introduce students to research methods suitable for anthropological problems. Emphasis is placed on formulation of researchable anthropological propositions, research design, and elementary techniques of data analysis.