Culture and Healing

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

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.

Eligibility

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.

Areas of study

In this Culture and Healing unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Defining illness and disease, the normal and the abnormal
  • Placebos and cultural meaning
  • Ethics and drug trials
  • Illness narratives
  • Biomedicine and shamanism
  • The culture of biomedicine
  • Health and indigenous Australia
  • Cross-cultural perspectives on madness
  • Imaging technologies and reproductive health
  • Gender and the body: anorexia and menstruation
  • Pathologies of power and the organ trade
  • Pharmaceuticals and ADHD

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

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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How will this unit advance my career?

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.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Culture and Healing from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

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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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

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).

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