Curs acadèmic :
This subject explores how anthropology can contribute to a better understanding of the cultural and social aspects in the experience of health, illness and the practices related to healing. It tries to show how anthropology can facilitate some effective applications in addressing cultures’ impact on health, help to develop cultural competence in health care and improve personal strategies for the adaptation to intercultural relations.
Firstly, it aims to introduce the principal features of socio-cultural anthropology and some of its key topics, concepts and themes: What is Anthropology? What does it mean to be an anthropologist? What do anthropologists do? What is ethnography? What is culture? How should we observe, understand, interpret, and represent the culture and the lived world of people? How do social, cultural and historical aspects shape people’s lives? How is ethnographic fieldwork carried out and what are the main implications and difficulties of such work?
Secondly, the subject introduces main concepts of medical anthropology and the study of human health and illness as culturally situated. It explores in what way medical anthropology offers a holistic perspective of health and illness, and it provides an understanding about cultural and social factors relating to the illness experience and the healing practices.
Thirdly, the subject offers a view of qualitative methods in heath and provides information about every step of the process in qualitative research, the techniques of data collection and analysis as well as the purposes and value of this kind of research. A qualitative perspective helps us understand perceptions, attitudes and decisions regarding issues of health and explore people in their daily activities, interactions and contexts, taking into account sociocultural, political and economic factors related to health.
Crèdits ECTS :
Durada : Semestral, 2n semestre
Professorat : ARACELI MUÑOZ GARCIA
Idioma de les classes :
Grup de classe ||
Durada : Semestral, 1r semestre
Professorat : ARACELI MUÑOZ GARCIA
Idioma de les classes :
Grup de classe ||
- Tenir la capacitat d'aprenentatge autònom
- Resoldre problemes
- Aprendre a aprendre (aprendre de manera autònoma, actualitzar-se i poder aprofundir en coneixements permanentment)
- Intervenir en els àmbits de promoció, prevenció, protecció i recuperació de la salut.
1. Introduction to Socio-cultural Anthropology.
• Relevance of anthropology as a discipline
• Key terms and concepts used in anthropology
• Anthropological perspectives on culture
• Research methods used in ethnographic fieldwork
• Experiences, dilemmas and ethics faced in fieldwork
• Cultural matters and everyday life
• The Social Construction of reality
2. Medical Anthropology.
• Medical anthropology and health care
• Culture and Health
• Disease, illness, sickness
• Illness Narratives
• Cultural competence in health care
• Interpersonal skills for intercultural relations
3. Qualitative Methods in Heath.
• Purposes and rationality of qualitative research: key concepts
• Main steps of the process in qualitative research
• Techniques of data collection
• Design and planning strategies
• The use of qualitative analysis data software
• Ethical aspects
• Qualitative research and interdisciplinary approach: strategies to improve the understanding of health issues
Tipus d’activitat ||
Hores amb professor ||
Hores sense professor ||
|Elaboració de treballs||6||24||30|
|Exposició dels estudiants||2||14||16|
|Treball en equip||4||10||14|
|Visionat/audició de documents||6||0||6|
- Bernard, H.Russell (2006). Research methods in anthropology: qualitative and quantitative approaches (Fourth Edition). Lanham: AltaMira Press.
- Geertz, Clifford (1973). The Interpretation of Cultures. New York: Basic Books.
- Good, Byron (1994). Medicine, rationality, and experience: An anthropological perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Hammersley, Martyn; Atkinson, Paul (2007). Ethnography. Principles in Practice (Third Edition). London: Routledge.
- Helman Cecil G. (1994). Culture, Health and Illness. An Introduction for Health Professionals (Third Edition). Londres: Butterwortt - Heinemann.
- Lupton, Deborah (1995). The imperative of Health. Public Health and the Regulated Body. London: SAGE.
- Martinez-Hernáez, Àngel (2008). Antropología Médica: teorías sobre la cultura, el poder y la enfermedad. Barcelona: Anthropos.
- Martínez-Hernáez, Àngel; Masana, Lina; DiGiacomo, Susan M. (eds.) (2013). Evidencias y narrativas en la atención sanitaria. Tarragona: Publicacions URV.
- Pool, Robert; Geissler, Wenzel (2005). Medical anthropology. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
- Rosman, Abraham; Rubel, Paula G.; Weisgrau, Maxine (2009). The tapestry of culture: An introduction to cultural anthropology. Lanham: AltaMira Press.
- Scheper-Hughes, Nancy (1992). Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil. California: University of California Press.
Avaluació i qualificació
Descripció de l'activitat ||
Avaluació de l'activitat ||%|
|Designing and undertaking a student research project||Designing and undertaking a student research project. This work aims to identify field research methods, to apply research practice to topics in anthropology, and to acquire some skills and tools relating to ethnographic and qualitative methods in health (to know different techniques of data collection, design and planning strategies, the use of qualitative analysis data software and ethical aspects)||60|
|Students’ class presentations||Class presentation in group. Short paper and class presentation and discussion. This work aims to effectively use information sources in anthropology and to identify ethnographic materials and specified themes about social and cultural issues in health||30|
|Exposition and study of ethnographic and fieldwork examples in health||Discussion and study of ethnographic and fieldwork examples in health.
It aims to understand in what way anthropology helps us to better understand cultural and social aspects in health, illness and care processes and can facilitate some effective applications in addressing cultures’ impacts on health
|Discussion of ethnographic and theoretical films/videos, audios and readings||Debate and discussion of ethnographic and theoretical films/videos, audios and key texts in class. It aims to recognize the key concepts and ideas of anthropology and to explore issues and matters related to anthropological research ||5|
CA. Continuous assessment.
Research project (60%); teamwork and class presentation (30%); discussion and study of ethnographic and fieldwork examples in Health (5%); discussion of ethnographic and theoretical films/videos, audios and readings (5%). (The sum of all the marks of the continuous assessment must be above 5 out of 10).
FA. Final assessment.
All students who have not passed the continuous assessment will have a final assessment, consisting of an exam (50%) and an individual work (50%). (The sum of both marks of the final assessment must be above 5 out of 10).
Criteris específics de la nota «No Presentat» :
The students who do not do the continuous or final assessment will be listed as “No Presentat”.
There will be an additional bibliography for each specific subject.
• To introduce the discipline of anthropology and its essential concepts.
• To explore issues and matters related to the methods and practice of anthropological research.
• To provide the context for analytical and critical thinking.
• To introduce an anthropological approach with interdisciplinary integration.
• To provide an understanding of how anthropology can be applied to health-related problems.
• To explore a holistic view of health, illness, suffering, and the healing experience.
• To show in what way medical anthropology can facilitate some effective applications in addressing cultures’ impacts on health.
• To introduce ethnographic and qualitative methods in health (different techniques of data collection, design and planning strategies, the use of qualitative analysis data software and the ethical aspects).
• To recognize the key concepts and ideas of anthropology.
• To identify ethnographic materials and examples of specified themes in social and cultural issues.
• To access and use information sources in anthropology.
• To understand the nature of fieldwork and to identify field research methods.
• To apply analytical research skills to topics in anthropology.
• To understand in what way anthropology helps us to better understand cultural and social aspects in health, illness and care processes.
• To identify the ways socio-cultural and political issues relate to health and illness.
• To develop cultural competence in health care.
• To improve personal strategies for adaptation to intercultural relations in health.
• To understand in what way medical anthropology can facilitate some effective applications in addressing cultures’ impacts on health.
• To acquire some skills and tools relating to ethnographic and qualitative methods in health.