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Medical Anthropology

This seminar will provide the opportunity to read some of the most innovative recent works in medical and psychological anthropology. Topics to be discussed include personhood and the brain; the social and cultural consequences of new medical technologies (including physician assisted suicide, organ transplantation); madness, trauma and recovery; the cultural shaping of self, emotion and gender; biopolitics; and the anthropology of care. The course will be structured around seminar discussion, with short (5 page) papers due each week summarizing and critically evaluating assigned readings.


Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Winter Offered?: Yes Language?: No

Ellen Badone

Professor and Chair of Graduate Affairs, Religious Studies