ANTH3501 Mind, Body, Culture

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Anthropology and Sociology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit centres on the relationship between body, mind and culture. At the core of the unit is the question of how culture shapes understandings and aspects of mind and body. The unit may focus on these issues from either a psychological anthropology perspective or a medical anthropology/sociology perspective. A psychological anthropology focus include looking at issues such as emotion, cognition, perception and dreaming from cross-cultural perspectives, and approaches considered may include psychoanalytic anthropology, ethnopsychology, cognitive anthropology and neuroanthropology. Where the unit is taught to a medical anthropology/sociology specialty the emphasis will be on considering the biomedical tradition from anthropological/sociological, and cross-cultural perspectives; issues such as Western conceptions of illness, healing, and the body, and whether contemporary Western biomedical interventions reinforce colonial or imperial power in the effort to promote global health.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in a contemporary subfield of either psychological anthropology or medical anthropology/sociology; (2) develop a clear understanding of key concepts, theories and debates in either specialised subfield; (3) demonstrate an ability to understand the role of culture and social context in shaping aspects of mind and body and/or approaches to them; (4) demonstrate an ability to understand the interaction of micro and macro processes in human behaviour; and (5) demonstrate an ability to communicate anthropological and sociological ideas, principles and knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a range of formats (written, oral, visual etc.).
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an in-class test; (2) a major essay; and (3) lectorial participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Katie Glaskin
Unit rules
any Level 2 ANTH unit; any first year psychology unit.
ANTH2228 Health and Illness in Australian Society, ANTH2408 Psychological Anthropology
Contact hours
lectorials: 20 hours
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