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MScAnthropology - Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography

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Grounded in anthropological theory, the course programme “Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography” presents you with global medical problematics. It investigates the role of biomedicine at all levels of society – from the individual to the global. With the concept glocal we point attention towards the unfolding of biomedicine (including biotech sciences) in dynamic global-local interlinkages.

You will learn how to analyze medical knowledge and practice as part of cultural landscapes that influence the very meaning of what it is to be human, and the conditions people live under in a globalized world. Through multidisciplinary discussions of the social and biological life of illness and disease you will be trained to challenge implicit assumptions about universalism and determinism and groomed to engage in collaboration with epidemiologists, geneticists and other scientists in the broad fields of health and medicine.

Programme structure

Themes explored during the course programme
- the social creation of unstable diagnoses (e.g. ADHD, anorexia, fibromyalgia);
- local adaptation to large public health disorders (e.g. AIDS, cancer, diabetes);
- the role of the pharmaceutical industry in the creation of diseases (e.g. restless legs);
- current changes in the understanding of inheritance and environment, represented by epigenetics and neurobiology.

The course programme allows you to take part in an exploration of the ways in which these globalised forms of knowledge influence humans’ perception of disease and experience with illness in local contexts.

Career opportunities

Anthropologists have many different career paths, including teaching, project management, development projects, and consultancy and analysis work within the following areas:
- The social sector;
- Organisation and staff;
- Development and aid to developing countries;
- Analysis and evaluation;
- Health.

Apply now! Fall semester 2018/19
Feb 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We strongly suggest to apply before this date

Primary deadline
Mar 5, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time
Studies commence
Sep 2, 2018

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: Romania