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Heather Clark
ANTH 479
Seattle Campus

Advanced Topics in Medical Anthropology

Explores theoretical and ethnographic advanced topics in medical anthropology. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Class description

In this course we will look at disability from a cultural perspective, how we talk about disabilities, how media portrays people with disabilities, how the intersection of race, class and gender impact disability, what are our beliefs about being disabled... We will not focus on one particular disability rather we will explore the discourse surrounding the identity marker of ‘disability’.

Through readings, watching films, class discussions and writing assignments it is my goal that each student will end the quarter with a better understanding of the language we use and perceptions we have regarding people with disabilities.

Student learning goals

Articulate the cultural norms surrounding the discourse of disability and be able to complicate/problematize those norms.

Identify the synergy of multiple identities.

Identify the nuanced nature of the culture of disability in practice not only as theory.

General method of instruction

The class incorporates large & small group discussions, as well as lectures.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

There will be three (3) written assignments, along with in class activities. Each student will also present on a topic/theme from the class. The grading is based on a straight percentage/100 point scale.

For each written assignment a rubric, outlining the expectations, will be distributed.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Heather Clark
Date: 12/17/2012