Culture, Health and Illness

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Culture, Health and Illness

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Health Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The module aims to introduce students to basic concepts and themes in the anthropology of health and healthcare. It covers issues related to culture; body; pain; mental states; healthcare encounters; healthcare sectors and healthcare pluralism; women, culture and health; patient mobility and biomedicines in a globalised world; healthcare and visible minority patients. By using illustrations from ground level studies of the day-to-day experience of health and illness in both western and non-western societies, the module will provide students with a fresh and stimulating perspective on the ways in which human suffering is grounded in larger social and cultural contexts.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Develop a dynamic understanding of the notion of culture
    2. Appreciate the importance of culture in health and health care
    3. Explore the implications of globalisation and cultural diversity for health and healthcare in Ireland
    4. Demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to a variety of cases

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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