Global Health, Local Healing

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Health, Local Healing

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Global Health, Public Health, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Average grade of C in Sociology 2A and Sociology 2B as a first attempt.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

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

    Short Description

    Most people will experience illness at some point in their life. How this dis-ease of the body will be experienced, made sense of and treated varies cross-culturally. This course sets out to examine some of this cross-cultural variation in understanding and treating illness and disease through focusing on health and healing within local settings and within the context of the global pharmaceutical industry. The course will highlight the role of narrative in processes of 'sense-making' in order to examine the spaces between narrative, meaning and action.


    This course will be assessed by a 3000-word essay (60%) and a one-hour, one-question exam (40%). Students will have a choice of exam questions, but must chose one on a topic that is different from their assessed essay. Students will normally receive feedback on their assessed essay before the exam.

    By the end of this course students should be able to:

    · Demonstrate an awareness of global diversity in health systems and practice;

    · Articulate a critical understanding of global and regional health inequalities;

    · Discuss and critically compare anthropological analyses of disease and health management;

    · Effectively analyse ways in which health, illness and disease are constructed cross-culturally;

    · Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical, methodological and policy issues raised by anthropological research on health and illness;

    · Critically evaluate and compare different systems of thought and behaviour;

    · Structure ideas effectively both orally and in written forms, work effectively independently and in groups, and develop effective time management skills.

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.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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