Courses taught at the University of Maryland:
ANTH 210- Introduction to Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Course Description: An introduction to the central concepts in medical anthropology and the anthropology of global health. This course is a survey of anthropological notions of health, disease, and the body in cross-cultural and global contexts, including classic and contemporary texts. It will provide an examination of systems of knowledge and practice with regard to illness, healing, and global health inequities.
ANTH 360- Method and Theory in Sociocultural Anthropology
Course Description: Theoretical approaches and research methods in sociocultural anthropology. Emphasis on current debates, new directions, and their historical antecedents.
ANTH 412/612- Hypermarginality and Urban Health
Course Description: Using perspectives from medical and urban anthropology, we examine the phenomenon of hypermarginality–the clustering of extreme poverty, chronic disease, addiction, violence and trauma in certain social and spatial contexts, often urban. We will explore both the broader social, political, and economic structures of exclusion that produce hypermarginality, as well as the illness experiences associated with these conditions. As we consider both social suffering and the related institutional responses, we will also discuss the role of anthropological approaches in national discussions about health inequities.
ANTH 416/616- The Anthropology of Global Violence
Course Description: This course is an examination of anthropological approaches to the study of violence, drawing from key texts to analyze how violence operates along a continuum—from routine, sometimes invisible forms of violence embedded in everyday life, to more overt and exceptional forms. We consider of the role of ethnography in elucidating both the subjective experiences of violence and the ways in which violence is embedded in institutions, structures, and global political-economic processes. We examine the relationships between violence, health, mental health, and trauma in local and global contexts.
ANTH 310/665- Method and Theory in Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Course Description: This course provides a critical perspective to global health that encompasses key political, economic, and cultural factors associated with the nature and magnitude of global health issues such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, paying particular attention to how poverty and inequalities within and between societies has accelerated current global health challenges. The class introduces students to how medical anthropologists have contributed to the debates surrounding the globalization of health.