COURSE OBJECTIVE: This online course will introduce you to the field of Medical Anthropology which explores issues of health, healing, illness and disease from a cultural perspective. Through video lectures, readings, and films, you will find out how medical anthropologists engage with tough questions regarding the well being of others. You will also learn introductory anthropological methods such as media analysis and how to conduct interviews through weekly blogging exercises and individual projects.

COURSE LOAD: You should expect to spend an average of 6 hours a week on this course. This includes reading articles, visiting websites, writing posts/comments, watching videos, completing assignments, etc. Because the type of work varies from week to week, some weeks will seem to fly by, while others may take a bit more effort.

WORDPRESS: This class operates completely on WordPress – this is where all of the course materials (videos, readings, links, etc.) are posted. This is also where you will be posting to the course blog and turning in assignments. Most importantly, all course announcements are posted on this site which means you need to log into this site at least once a day. Set it as your homepage, check it in the morning, or before you go to bed. This is an interactive course, so make sure you are interacting!

ANGEL: We will be using ANGEL for the grade book which will we update periodically though the semester. We will also use ANGEL to turn in the final assignment for the course which is a longer academic paper. We will create a dropbox for it and give you explicit directions later in the semester.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE: You will follow a pretty standard format for the week to help you remember to tun things in on time.

  • Everyday: Log on to WordPress (WP), check for course announcements, work through course materials, read other student’s blog posts, etc.
  • Monday: New schedules for the week are released under the “schedule” tab on WP
  • Friday: All blog post assignments are due by 11:59pm EST on WP
  • Sunday: All blog comment assignments are due by 11:59pm EST on WP

CLASS TECHNOLOGY: To take this class, all you need is a browser (Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Google Chrome are preferred) and a high speed internet connection.  While you can connect to many of the course materials using a slower internet connection, there are some things that you simply will not be able to access (such as the course videos or lecture videos). We understand that computers are not infallible. However, it is your responsibility to resolve any technical issues that originate on your end.

VIDEO LECTURES: A lot of the content of this class is delivered using video.  Some of the videos are embedded into the schedule (most course lectures) while others are linked to outside websites (screencast, youtube, etc.)

In order to ensure that you have the best experience with this video material, make sure you are using an up to date version of a modern browser (such as Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Google Chrome) and are accessing the course materials over a high speed internet connection.  While you can access much of the course content over a slower internet connection, you need a high speed connection for the course video materials.

In order to access the video materials, you may need to login with a user name and password – this is different than your WordPress login and is the same for everyone. It should have been sent to you in an email.

READINGS: This class doesn’t have a textbook (which is good because it means you don’t have to go out and buy anything).  However, the class has a lot of assigned online readings (either in the form of online articles or downloadable PDFs).  It is extremely important to remember that all readings are mandatory for the class, and must be completed.  If you don’t keep up with your readings, you won’t do well on the assignments. PERIOD.

MOVIES: Throughout the course you will be required to rent/buy/watch a few movies. We are still finalizing this list but don’t worry, we will give you plenty of advanced notice when you will need to get a hold of these films. We will also give you some options of how to get them. Make sure you check the course announcements page for more information about this.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: In accordance with Michigan State University’s policies on “Protection of Scholarship and Grades” and “Integrity of Scholarship and Grades,” students are expected to honor principles of truth and honesty in their academic work. Academic integrity means, amongst other things, not plagiarizing. Plagiarism includes submitting someone else’s work (words, ideas, etc.) as their own now will the knowingly permit another student to copy and submit their work. Additional discussion of academic integrity is available on the Ombudsman’s website: http://www.msu.edu/unit/ombud/dishonestystud.html.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Requests for accommodations by persons with disabilities may be made by contacting the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities at 517-884-RCPD or on the web at rcpd.msu.edu. Once your eligibility for an accommodation has been determined, you will be issued a verified individual services accommodation (“VISA”) form. Please present this form to me at the start of the term and/or two weeks prior to the accommodation date (test, project, etc). Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.