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58944-01 - Seminar: Global Health: Anthropological Perspectives 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Andrea Kaiser-Grolimund (andrea.kaisergrolimund@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Medical anthropologist Arthur Kleinman once noted that "Global Health ... is more a bunch of problems than a discipline" (Kleinman 2010, 1518), involving not only multiple approaches and moral principles but also diverse methodological techniques and epistemologies. In this block seminar, we will examine the much-debated field of global health from an anthropological perspective and critically reflect on the different engagements of anthropologists in the field of global health, for example when it comes to putting public health knowledge into practice and/or contributing to a critical debate on the unintended consequences of global health policies. Emerging health problems such as COVID-19 or the Zika virus, but also antimicrobial resistance, require global solutions and involve a variety of actors and initiatives. Flows of international aid move from wealthier to poorer countries and change the way certain health problems, such as cancer or other chronic conditions, are addressed and prioritised in different local contexts. This seminar will not only discuss colonial legacies and earlier "magic bullet" approaches, but will also explore social theories of global health, which will then help us to analyze a selection of case studies from around the world that highlight different aspects of global health.
Lernziele -An overview of past and present debates about global health
-A critical understanding of anthropological perspectives on global health
-Ability to read and critically evaluate academic texts

Literatur An extensive list of the relevant literature will be distributed at the beginning of the semester.

Lock, M. M., & Nguyen, V. (2018). An Anthropology of Biomedicine. Wiley-Blackwell.
Biehl, J. G., & Petryna, A. (2013). When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health. Princeton University Press.
Farmer, P. (2013). Reimagining Global Health. University of California Press.
Kleinman, A. (2010). Four Social Theories for Global Health. Lancet 375 (9725): 1518-9.
Bemerkungen Please note that this seminar is offered as a block course. The block days will consist of synchronous (zoom) and asynchronous (individual/group work) work phases.


Teilnahmebedingungen The number of participants is limited to 24 people. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to the subjects listed under "modules".
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Block
Datum 18.09.2020 – 31.10.2020
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben
Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 18.09.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 001
Freitag 02.10.2020 09.15-17.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Samstag 03.10.2020 09.15-17.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Freitag 30.10.2020 09.15-17.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Samstag 31.10.2020 09.15-17.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Module Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Public Health and Social Life (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Sachthemen der Ethnologie (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Modul: Theory and General Anthropology (Master Studienfach Anthropology)
Modul: Transfer: Europa interdisziplinär (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Wissenschaftliche Vertiefung in der Ethnologie: Sachthemen (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Global Ageing and Health (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Preparatory reading, active participation and discussion of key texts. Oral and written contributions based on various case studies related to global health.

If you would like to write a seminar paper in this course, please contact Andrea Kaiser-Grolimund before the beginning of the semester (andrea.kaisergrolimund@unibas.ch).
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Ethnologie