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Unit information: Anthropology and Global Health in 2021/22

Unit name Anthropology and Global Health
Unit code SSCM30003
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Lambert
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the roles of culture, social structure and political economy in shaping global health problems and interventions by introducing students to anthropological approaches to global health and bioethics.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciate the importance of taking local and organizational culture, social structure and social processes into account in the design and appraisal of health interventions and in the interpretation of evidence concerning their effectiveness
  • Understand the value of involving local communities to facilitate effective health-related behavioural and social change
  • Recognise the role of medical pluralism and non-biomedical practices in health care provision
  • Be aware of sociocultural and ethical considerations in undertaking clinical trials and other types of health research in resource-poor settings
  • Be able to utilise simple anthropological concepts in accounting for diverse perspectives on health and medical interventions

Teaching Information

This unit will be taught in the form of workshops using a variety of teaching methods including lectures, presentations, small group work, debates and seminars.

Assessment Information

Formative assessment: Group presentations in week 5 based on allotted readings

Summative assessment: 2500-3000 word individual essay


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How much time the unit requires
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