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Revised syllabus and schedule posted

Posted by on August 31st, 2009 |

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Thanks to Mandy for pointing out that I had made an error in the original course syllabus and schedule. I initially identified Week 2 as Sept. 2 and Week 3 as Sept. 16—skipping Sept. 9 altogether. The problem was that I wrote the syllabus with our original Monday meeting time in mind, when we would have missed class on Sept. 7 due to Labor Day. Moving to Wednesday will allow us to hold class that week (and trade it for a Wednesday holiday on Veterans Day).

So the syllabus and schedule of readings have been updated. The list of topics and readings each week have stayed the same; I’ve just updated the dates that correspond to each week of the semester through Week 11 (Nov. 4). We will then have a week off for Veterans Day and pick up again on Nov. 18.

If you have any questions (or spot another error), please leave a comment below.

Welcome to Fall 2009

Posted by on August 22nd, 2009 |

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Welcome to the course website for the Seminar in Medical Anthropology (ANG 6737) at the University of Florida. This website will be the main web portal for the course this semester. To get started, I suggest you follow the links to the syllabus and course readings. As the semester progresses, we’ll be adding new material to the course wiki.

Students registered for the course should have received an email with a username and password that provides access to PDFs of required readings. If not, please contact me. I encourage all of you to subscribe to the RSS feed for the course (by email or in your favorite feed reader) and to follow me on Twitter. I’ll update the site frequently to let you know about relevant news and events, to share useful resources, and to stimulate your thinking about assigned readings and activities.

This website was also used for Culture and Medicine (ANT 4462) in Fall 2007. Feel free to browse the archive of blog posts from that semester, too.

I look forward to a great semester and hope you do, too. What do you hope to learn about in this course? Leave a comment below to let me know.

Special screening: Business of Being Born

Posted by on January 8th, 2008 |

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This semester, I’m teaching a large (~650-student) undergraduate course titled Human Sexuality and Culture. I’m experimenting with a blog in that class, too, and some of you may want to stay tuned to what happens there.

For starters, I’ve just posted an announcement about a local screening of the new documentary, The Business of Being Born. Judging by the trailer, the film touches on many issues we dealt with in class last semester.

Hope over to the sexuality blog for more details.

Class is over, but the blog lives on?

Posted by on December 13th, 2007 |

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The semester is drawing to a close, but strangely, the class blog has gained new life. I’ve added a few new items in the last week, and there’s a new discussion unfolding in the comments on my post about female circumcision.

So here’s the question: how many of you would like to see the blog continue? News related to medical anthropology didn’t end with the semester, of course. If you’d like the blog to keep going, too, leave a comment to let me know.

Documentary screening and discussion

Posted by on December 6th, 2007 |

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By next Wednesday, most of you will have left town for the break; those of you left behind may be studying for finals. But if you’re here and need a study break, here’s something to consider. The narrative medicine group at the College of Medicine will hold a discussion of A Closer Walk, a documentary about the global AIDS epidemic, which aired on PBS last year. See more about the film and related resources on its website.

The discussion will take place at noon on Wednesday, December 12, in room CG-041/42 (the communicore building at the College of Medicine).

Peer review of paper drafts

Posted by on November 9th, 2007 |

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As we discussed in class on Tuesday, you are required to read and provide constructive feedback on the drafts of research papers written by members of your peer response group. Your feedback is due to members of your group and to me by Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Here I am posting the form you should use in reviewing each other’s work. Most word processing software can open this file. If you have problems, please post a comment below.

For each paper you review, please add your comments in response to each question and send the final version to the author and to me as an email attachment by Nov. 20.

Peer response form

Introducing Brian Tyler

Posted by on October 22nd, 2007 |

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You may have noticed that activity on the blog has been fairly sparse. That’s not due to any shortage of issues related to medical anthropology in the news. Rather, it’s mainly because I’ve been busy with other things—like grading your essay exams.

So today I’m happy to introduce a new contributor to the blog, Brian Tyler. Brian is a doctoral student in anthropology. His dissertation research focuses on culture, trauma, and health in contemporary Guatemala. As he puts it:

Researchers across disciplines recognize that exposure to traumatic events can have serious consequences to both biological and psychological health. My research explores the sociocultural correlates of psychosocial stress and health, the nature of social suffering following decades of civil war, and the cultural mediation of individual and collective response to war-related traumatic experience. I am particularly interested in the social and cultural factors that mediate the impact of traumatic experience on individual mental and physical health outcomes.

Given these interests, it is fitting that Brian’s first post deals with the current controversy over the role of anthropologists in the U.S. military. In what’s left of the semester, you can look forward to hearing more from Brian about new research and current events related to the themes of the course.

Annotated bibliography due Tuesday

Posted by on September 26th, 2007 |

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I neglected to remind you in class yesterday that your annotated bibliographies are due next Tuesday in class. From the syllabus:

An annotated bibliography with at least 10 carefully selected references from the scholarly literature is due on Oct. 2. The references should clearly relate to your paper topic. Your annotations should briefly evaluate the content of the source and identify how, it at all, it will contribute to your research paper. Consult the guidelines for how to identify scholarly sources and how to make an annotated bibliography in the Guide to Library Research from Cornell University.

The UF Libraries has a useful web page about citation style guides. It’s not important to me which citation style you use, so long as you use it correctly and consistently. One good option would be to use the American Anthropological Association style. Other good alternatives include the Chicago Manual of Style or APA style.

If you have questions about this assignment, please leave a comments here on the blog.

Research paper proposals due Tuesday

Posted by on September 16th, 2007 |

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As you know, on Tuesday you are required to submit a 250-300 word proposal defining the topic of your research paper. Please bring six copies of your proposal to share with classmates in your peer review groups.

Developing a well-defined problem is the key to a successful research paper. As you finish your proposal, keep in mind that a research problem is more than just a topic. Whereas a topic identifies some general phenomenon (e.g., Native American healing traditions), a research problem raises interesting questions of theoretical or practical value (e.g., How do contemporary Native American healing traditions interact with biomedicine?). Your paper will be more fun to write (and to read) if you tackle a specific research problem than it will be if you address a broad, ill-defined topic.

Begin to narrow your focus by doing some exploratory reading on a topic that interests you. You may find that the course readings are a good place to start. As you read, take note of exciting ideas or unresolved puzzles, and try to formulate interesting “what,” “how,” or “why” questions about your topic. Do a preliminary literature search early on to make sure that you’ll have enough—but not too much—material to draw on.

The paper proposal should identify the problem and articulate why it is important. Try to relate your problem to the broader themes of the course, and indicate how you plan to approach the problem.

Many university libraries have useful suggestions for finding appropriate research topics. See, for example, this page at the Cornell University Library.

Meet at Library West next week

Posted by on August 30th, 2007 |

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Next week (Sept. 4), we’ll meet at Library West for the first hour of class. We will start at the usual time (12:50 p.m.) in Library West, Room 212. Note that this is a slight change from the schedule I announced in class. Dr. Dan Reboussin will provide an overview of key library resources for researching and writing your term paper this semester. I expect to see you all there.