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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ANG6404

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-02-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 5/6/13; pending revision to objectives/LO. Faculty emailed 5/10/13; course put in queue for revision. Reviewed. Obj still need rev. faculty emailed 8/5/13. updated 10/11/13 - GC Apprd 10/28/13. to USF Sys 11/21/13; to SCNS 12/3/13. Approved eff 2/1

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2973 2012-10-15
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Anthropology AS 120500000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Heide Castaneda 8139742138

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    ANG 6404 Health & Medical Systems

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Health & Medical Systems
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    An explicitly medical anthropological approach to systems-level issues in health and medicine.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Taught every 4 semesters with full enrollment.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 2 times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    The instructor teaching the course needs a PhD degree.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives


    -- To examine health policy from an anthropological perspective

    -- To understand how ethnography can help to tease out the many components of a policy, the empirical ways in which it is assembled, and how it takes institutional hold to fit into ongoing and often unequal social relations. To

    B. Learning Outcomes

    At completion of this course, students should be able to: 1) delineate a medical anthropological approach to systems-level issues in health and medicine; 2) understand the major issues associated with the epistemology and history of biomedicine, medical bureaucracy, and medical education; 3) understand the methodological benefits of ethnography in the study of health policy.

    C. Major Topics

    This course examines health policy from an anthropological perspective, with the understanding that ethnography can help to tease out the many components of a policy, the empirical ways in which it is assembled, and how it takes institutional hold to fit into ongoing and often unequal social relations. Topics to be covered in the course include anthropology of biomedicine; clinical medical anthropology; inequality and health disparities; health care professionalism and medical education; health policy; medical pluralism (complementary, alternative , and popular medicine); and medical travel and tourism.

    D. Textbooks

    Castro, Arachu and Singer, Merrill

    2004 Unhealthy Health Policy: A Critical Anthropological Examination. Altamira Press.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Required articles and selections from books are sorted as PDFs in folders according to week under “Reading Selections” on Blackboard.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Course participation & attendance 20%

    Leading seminar (twice during semester) 20%

    10 synthesis papers 60%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    10 synthesis papers

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Make up work will only be available in cases of 1) a documented medical emergency or 2) major religious observances that necessitate absence from class. In the case of the latter, the student must present notice in writing to the instructor by the next class meeting.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MA and PhD in Applied Anthropology (Medical and Cultural Anthropology Tracks)

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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