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HSC4332 Culture, Illness and Healing

Course Description

Culture informs everything we do.  Our view of health and illness and how we treat illness is culturally constructed.  This course explores the intersection between culture, health and illness.  Case studies will be used to explore folk medicine from a number of cultures, traditions, and contemporary, western and non-western societies.  We will also examine social, historical, and ethical aspects in the application of medical anthropology and end with exploring the future role of biomedicine in a pluralistic global society.


COR3100, COR3146, HSC4105

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