Ethnomedicine


This course explores medical systems in different cultural contexts. Students will engage in analysis and investigation of ethnomedical systems such as shamanism, healing systems in different oral cultures, alternative and complementary medical systems (with particular emphasis to Chinese medicine and Ayurveda). The course will also introduce the students to medical pluralism, ethnopsychiatry, and ethnobotany. Starting from the fact that biomedicine can be considered the main ethnomedical system of industrialized and mostly western countries, the lessons will present cases of conflicts, acceptance and/or collaboration between different medical systems, in the global world.


Objectives

The course aims at analyzing medical systems as social and cultural constructs in different cultures.


Prerequisites

No prerequisites.


Syllabus

During the lectures, students will investigate ethno medical systems such as shamanism and traditional therapeutic oral cultures systems, complementary and alternative medicine (with particular emphasis on Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine) and cases of medical pluralism. While biomedical can be considered one of many ethnomedical systems of the world, the course will focus mainly on systems not using biomedical methods and are not based on medical materialism. Particular emphasis will be given to the causes and mechanisms of conflict and / or acceptance between different systems in view of globalization, and the environmental, economic, political and religious changes and / or threats.

COURSE DETAILS

Level:

Type:

Undergraduate

(A-)


Instructors: Diana Riboli
Department: Department of Social Anthropology
Institution: Panteion University
Subject: Anthropology
Rights: CC - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

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