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Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University offer this online undergraduate unit in Culture and Healing as introductory looks at the field of medical anthropology.
The unit examines the relationship between cultural beliefs, healing and sickness throughout history. By studying this unit, you will learn about different ideas concerning disease causality, and how society and cultures have evolved to incorporate new healing practices, such as Western biomedicine.
Topics covered within the unit include witchcraft, placebos, body techniques, shamanism, illness narratives, social suffering, culture bound syndromes, and the link between sickness and social experience. The unit also looks at the changing concepts related to mental health and clinical encounters.
There are no prerequisites for this unit, however it is assumed that students have an introductory level of knowledge in this discipline prior to enrolling in this unit.
In this Culture and Healing unit, the topics you will study include:
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
This unit is an approved elective in the following course:
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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On successful completion of this unit, students will have gained a broad understanding of the effect of cultural beliefs on medical approaches and diseases. This knowledge will put students in good stead for further study in the field of medical anthropology, history, or cultural studies.
The skills gained in this unit, including the ability to critically examine widely held beliefs, can be utilised in further study in a wide range of fields and in the many work contexts.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).Find out more about government study loans here.
Want more information about the career benefits of this course?
Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.