Anthropology of Biomedicine
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Psychology
Course Number: GPSY 6410
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Anthropology
  • Psychology
  • Humanities
This course is an introduction to the anthropological study of biomedicine. Medical anthropology is broadly concerned with the cultural meanings of health and illness and the multiplicity of ways in which health and illness are experienced across time and space. Biomedicine, with its Western roots, is now a globally dominant medical system (albeit not entirely or without contestation). This course explores the socio-cultural influences and repercussions of biomedical approaches to disease and health. The course will begin with an overview of the emergence of biomedicine, followed by an exploration of anthropological perspectives and critiques of biomedicine. The course will address questions regarding how biomedical knowledge is produced and maintained, and the varied implications of biomedicine for how we understand health, illness, the body, and the very nature of our experience as humans. Topics will include biomedical research, bioethics, genetics, reproduction, new biotechnologies and global health.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions