Minor in Sociology and Social Anthropology of Critical Health Studies - Health and Culture SOSA 2933   Health and Culture
This course explores health and illness aetiology through culture and time with a focus on ancient and pre-capitalist societies in South Asia, Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Aboriginal gifting economies. Topics may vary from year to year but we will invariably explore global sensibilities of feeling healthy and “well” through an exploration of case studies highlighting ancient science and medicine, health taxonomies, oral history, ethnography, literature, poetry, music, oral genres, pregnancy; birth and rearing of children; senescence and death. The weaknesses and strengths of Canada's increasingly privatized selective healthcare system become clear when compared it with the achievements made in societies that provide/d healthcare as a basic right.
FORMAT: Lecture