Course Description

Course Name

Medical Anthropology

Session: VCPS3122

Hours & Credits

24 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level

One of AGE103F, AXL1401S (was SAN1013S); AXL1400F (was SAN1015F, replacing SAN1014F), or by permission of the Head of Section.Semester Study Abroad students must be able to demonstrate understanding of the basic principles of the comparative approach of Social-Cultural Anthropology, including Cultural Relativism and its

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Comparative anthropological approaches to the social-cultural aspects of health, disease and health care; health-related beliefs and behaviour in 'Western' and 'non-Western' societies; traditional' healers and the transmission of health-related knowledge. The course is particularly concerned with comparative social-cultural understandings of HIV/AIDS, and includes a small field research/exercise project that is likely to focus on that issue as it manifests in southern Africa.

DP requirements: All essays, assignments and projects, plus a satisfactory tutorial attendance.

Assessment: Continuous assessment (essays, projects, class tests) counts 50%; one two-hour examination counts 50%, provided a sub-minimum mark of 50% is attained for the examination and that at least half the examination questions required to be answered have been awarded marks of 50% or more.

Re-examination: Students will be entitled to re-examination in the period directly after the examination if they have attained a raw overall aggregate of at least 50% for the course but have failed to meet the sub-minimum requirement for the examination and have achieved at least 48% for the examination.

*Course content subject to change