MACCP Courses by Academic Year

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2014-2015

Fall Semester

GMS MA 700 History and Theory of Medical Anthropology (Part I) This course introduces the history of the field of medical anthropology and of theoretical orientations related to understanding and analyzing health and medicine in society and culture. Readings will exemplify interpretive strategies applied to health-related experiences, discourse, knowledge, and practice. 3 cr (Students needing a 4 th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Laird M 9:30 AM-12:20 PM

GMS MA 710 Medical Anthropology & Qualitative Research Methods and Design Introduction to methodology for ethnographic field research in medical anthropology, and qualitative research methods. This course examines issues in designing anthropological research, and reviews theoretical approaches to research ethics, designing research, framing questions and interview design, and data collection techniques. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Ostrach W 9:30 AM-12:20 PM

GMS MA 734  Reading Ethnography in Medical Anthropology This seminar will read medical anthropological texts analytically. Starting with a review of the debates, going through selected classic ethnographic studies, the seminar will explore ethnographies that address different cultural meanings of human experiences of suffering and affliction, including illness and violence. Students will engage in studying the methodology, theoretical underpinnings, writing, and social positions represented in these ethnographies. Specific attention will be given to the role of applied anthropology and applied anthropologists, 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Ostrach T 12:30-3:20 PM

GMS MA 742 Medical Anthropological and Qualitative Data Analysis Prereq: Permission of instructor. Examines strategies for analyzing medical anthropology data deriving from interviews and documents. In addition to reviewing different coding strategies and the rationales underlying them, the course will discuss topics such as approaches to managing textual data; the selection and application of epistemological and theoretical frameworks; narrative and discourse analysis; cognitive anthropology theory and methods; the use of grounded theory. Emphasizes the application of these strategies to the analysis and interpretation of data collected by the students as part of the course process. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4 th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Barnes W 9:30 AM- 12:20 PM

GMS MA 640 The Cultural Formation of the Clinician: Implications for Practice This course will provide a context for exploring and reflecting on one’s own cultural formation in relation to such topics as gender, sexual orientation, race, class, religion, body size, and other areas where there are the greatest risks for health disparities through unexamined bias. The course examines the values one brings into one’s practice as a care provider, and how the interaction of both influence one’s personal and professional life, including responses to diverse patient cultures. Offered through M.A. program in Medical Anthropology. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4 th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Barnes W 5:00-8:00 PM

GMS MA 682: Islamic Medicine and Healing Explores the social history of medicine and healing traditions among Muslims: the role of the Prophet Muhammad as model and source of health and medicine; the emergence of classical Islamic medicine as synthesis of and innovation on Greek traditions; the influence of legal/moral traditions in regulating and preserving public health; the development of hospitals in the Muslim world; the influence of Sufi philosophy, practices, and the proliferation of shrines on healing traditions; the effects of emerging biomedical practice introduced from the West; the “revival” of Islamic medicine, and the emergence of alternative medicines. Offered through the MA program in Medical Anthropology. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Laird Th 3:00-6:00 PM

GMS MA 684: Social History of Chinese Medicine and Healing Traditions Explores intersections between the therapeutic, the medical, and the religious, through the study of healing traditions in China. Includes the role of shamans and the persistence of traditions involving gods, ghosts, and ancestors; the emergence of classical medicine and canonical texts, together with the role played by Scholar-Physicians; the influences of Daoist approaches to healing, longevity, and alchemy; the introduction of Buddhist and Indian healing practices; the effects of an emerging biomedical practice brought in from the West; and the meanings of the revival of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the People’s Republic of China. Primary sources, and secondary sources from history and medical anthropology. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Barnes M 3:00-6:00

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Spring Semester

GMS MA 701 History and Theory of Medical Anthropology (Part II) Prereq: Permission of Instructor. Course will address theoretical traditions in medical anthropology, focusing on orientations developed and applied within the field over the past two decades to interpretations of health-related phenomena. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Laird M 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

GMS MA 735  Writing Ethnography in Medical Anthropology Prereq: Permission of Instructor. This seminar builds on GMS MA 734 (Reading Ethnography in Medical Anthropology), turning the focus to the actual craft of writing ethnography. It is an integral part of MACCP students’ thesis-writing training.  Students will learn to identify and employ rhetorical and stylistic strategies and genre conventions. Through a series of exercises that draw on their own field notes and participant observations, students learn to employ three genres of cultural representation—realist tales, confessional tales, and impressionist tales. Students will explore their own authorial voice and style, and their relationship with truth, objectivity, and point-of-view. The class is structured as a seminar, emphasizing class discussion, workshops and peer-group work. Barnes W 12:30-3:30 PM

GMS MA 770 IRB Proposal Development and Writing Prereq: Permission of Instructor. Students will learn to write a medical anthropology research proposal and related Institutional Review Board Proposal, through the structure provided by the IRB of BUSM. We will address theory and methods related to the design and review process. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Ostrach W 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

GMS MA 786 Final Project Writing Seminar Prereq: Permission of instructor. This seminar will train learners in the theory and practice of writing up medical anthropology research findings, and of writing ethnography. The course emphasizes analytical writing. Students will learn to identify and employ rhetorical and stylistic strategies and genre conventions. The class is structured as a seminar, emphasizing class discussion, workshops and peer-group work. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Barnes W 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

GMS MA 605  Pluralism and Healing in the United States: A History This course explores the history of therapeutic pluralism in the United States, beginning with the colonial period and continuing to the present. We will examine how this therapeutic pluralism necessarily includes the story of American religious pluralism, the rise of biomedicine, and the changing faces of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), while factoring in the roles of class, race, and gender. We will work with primary source materials, as well as sources from history of medicine, and medical anthropology. 4 cr . (Will be taught on the Charles River Campus.) Barnes, M 3:00-6:00 PM

GMS MA 650 – Society, Healthcare, and the Cultures of Competence This medical anthropology course examines the history and current policies of health education, beginning with the notion of “competencies” as a basis for biomedical training and the  conceptual formation of key “professional competencies” in medicine, acupuncture, and pastoral care. Readings include autobiographical accounts of medical students, physicians, chaplains, and acupuncturists. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Laird Th 3:00-6:00 PM

GMS MA 677 Topics in Medical Anthropology This seminar develops a critique of topics in medical anthropological theory. It revisits significant legacies from classic anthropology, joining them with insights from current theory and ethnography, to analyze selected issues in medical anthropology. Each year, a specific topic serves as a focal point, and is examined through a variety of analytical frames employed in medical anthropology. Topic for 2015: Syndemics. The appearance and global spread in recent years of new and renewed infectious diseases and their entwinement with each other and with the social conditions and biopsychological consequences of disparity, discrimination, and structural violence has produced a new significant threat to public health internationally. The term syndemic has been introduced recently by medical anthropologists to label the synergistic interaction of two or more coexistent diseases and resultant excess burden of disease. The Topics seminar this year will examine this new concept, with a review of relevant new literature and recent research concerning coinfection and synergistic interaction of diseases and social conditions at the biological and population levels.  3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Ostrach T, Th 11-12:20

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Fall Semester

GMS MA 700 History and Theory of Medical Anthropology (Part I) This course introduces the history of the field of medical anthropology and of theoretical orientations related to understanding and analyzing health and medicine in society and culture. Readings will exemplify interpretive strategies applied to health-related experiences, discourse, knowledge, and practice. 3 cr (Students needing a 4 th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Laird M 9:30 AM-12:20 PM

GMS MA 710 Medical Anthropology & Qualitative Research Methods and Design Introduction to methodology for ethnographic field research in medical anthropology, and qualitative research methods. This course examines issues in designing anthropological research, and reviews theoretical approaches to research ethics, designing research, framing questions and interview design, and data collection techniques. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Ostrach W 9:30 AM-12:20 PM

GMS MA 734  Reading Ethnography in Medical Anthropology This seminar will read medical anthropological texts analytically. Starting with a review of the debates, going through selected classic ethnographic studies, the seminar will explore ethnographies that address different cultural meanings of human experiences of suffering and affliction, including illness and violence. Students will engage in studying the methodology, theoretical underpinnings, writing, and social positions represented in these ethnographies. Specific attention will be given to the role of applied anthropology and applied anthropologists, 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Ostrach T 12:30-3:20 PM

GMS MA 742 Medical Anthropological and Qualitative Data Analysis Prereq: Permission of instructor. Examines strategies for analyzing medical anthropology data deriving from interviews and documents. In addition to reviewing different coding strategies and the rationales underlying them, the course will discuss topics such as approaches to managing textual data; the selection and application of epistemological and theoretical frameworks; narrative and discourse analysis; cognitive anthropology theory and methods; the use of grounded theory. Emphasizes the application of these strategies to the analysis and interpretation of data collected by the students as part of the course process. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4 th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Barnes W 9:30 AM- 12:20 PM

GMS MA 620 World Religions and Healing An introduction to approaches to healing integral to Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Yoruba, African-descended, Latin American, Chinese, Navajo traditions, and to some of the outcomes of their interactions, in relation to the experience of affliction and suffering. Draws on source materials from history, religious studies, and medical anthropology. (Taught on the Charles River Campus)4 cr Barnes M 3:00-6:00 PM

GMS MA 622  Religion, Culture, and Public Health This course will explore relationships between religion and health in the context of public health projects. We will examine historical developments, examples of faith-based public health organizations, and current research on “religious health assets,” both locally and internationally. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Laird Th 3:00-6:00 PM

GMS MA 640 The Cultural Formation of the Clinician: Its Implications for Practice This course  provides a context for exploring and reflecting on one’s own cultural formation in relation to such topics as gender, sexual orientation, race, class, religion, body size, and other areas where there are the greatest risks for health disparities through unexamined bias. The course examines the values one brings into one’s practice as a researcher and/or care provider, and how the interaction of both influence one?s personal and professional life, including responses to diverse patient cultures. Offered through the M.S. program in Medical Anthropology. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Barnes W 5:00-8:00 PM

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Spring Semester

GMS MA 701 History and Theory of Medical Anthropology (Part II) Prereq: Permission of Instructor. Course will address theoretical traditions in medical anthropology, focusing on orientations developed and applied within the field over the past two decades to interpretations of health-related phenomena. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Laird M 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

GMS MA 735  Writing Ethnography in Medical Anthropology Prereq: Permission of Instructor. This seminar builds on GMS MA 734 (Reading Ethnography in Medical Anthropology), turning the focus to the actual craft of writing ethnography. It is an integral part of MACCP students’ thesis-writing training.  Students will learn to identify and employ rhetorical and stylistic strategies and genre conventions. Through a series of exercises that draw on their own field notes and participant observations, students learn to employ three genres of cultural representation—realist tales, confessional tales, and impressionist tales. Students will explore their own authorial voice and style, and their relationship with truth, objectivity, and point-of-view. The class is structured as a seminar, emphasizing class discussion, workshops and peer-group work. Barnes W 12:30-3:30 PM

GMS MA 770 IRB Proposal Development and Writing Prereq: Permission of Instructor. Students will learn to write a medical anthropology research proposal and related Institutional Review Board Proposal, through the structure provided by the IRB of BUSM. We will address theory and methods related to the design and review process. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Ostrach W 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

GMS MA 786 Final Project Writing Seminar Prereq: Permission of instructor. This seminar will train learners in the theory and practice of writing up medical anthropology research findings, and of writing ethnography. The course emphasizes analytical writing. Students will learn to identify and employ rhetorical and stylistic strategies and genre conventions. The class is structured as a seminar, emphasizing class discussion, workshops and peer-group work. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Barnes W 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

GMS MA 630 Medical Anthropology and the Cultures of Biomedicine This course examines biomedicine as a cultural system with multiple local and national variations worldwide, all of which have undergone changes over time. Topics will include the exploration of biomedicine as a cultural system, with cultural variations and different conceptual domains; processes of acculturation to biomedicine the medicalization of social realities; biomedical narratives; the patient-doctor relationship (including when the physician is the patient); understandings of interventions and the meanings assigned to them; and different ways of thinking about efficacy in relation to process and chronicity. The course will draw on ethnographic studies of biomedicine not only in the United States, but in other international settings. 3 cr. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). Barnes M 3:00-6:00 PM

GMS MA 677 Topics in Medical Anthropology This seminar develops a critique of topics in medical anthropology theory. It revisits significant legacies from classic anthropology, joining them with insights from current theory and ethnography, to analyze selected issues in medical anthropology. Topic for 2016 TBA Ostrach T,Th 11-12:20 PM

GMS MA 680 Culture, Migration, and Mental Health This course explores the ways in which mental health and illness are constructed by and for those who migrate across national, cultural, and other borders. We will examine the historical development of the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and social work in the context of Western societies, in parallel with the anthropological study of ritual, violence, ecstatic and possession experiences in non-Western societies. We will then explore debates in cross-cultural mental health care that bring these historical disciplines into dialogue, particularly in the context of programs for the treatment of refugee and immigrant mental health. The intersection of political, economic, religious, and gender issues in the construction of mental health will also be considered. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study). (Taught on the Charles River Campus) Laird Th 3:00-6:00 PM

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