Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Anthropology
Office location and address
1605 Jefferson Park AveCharlottesville, Virginia 22904
This course introduces students to the UVA Edge program. Building on specific topics, students will engage longstanding questions of liberal arts inquiry, thinking through their relationship to the world of work. They will develop insight into the effective use of critical thought outside the academy, as well as skills for navigating the challenges of higher education as adult learners (https://edge.virginia.edu for details).
The course introduces medical anthropology, and contextualizes bodies, suffering, healing and health. It is organized thematically around a critical humanist approach, along with perspectives from political economy and social constructionism. The aim of the course is to provide a broad understanding of the relationship between culture, healing (including and especially the Western form of healing known as biomedicine), health and political power.
Topics to be announced prior to each semester, dealing with linguistics.
The majors seminars in anthropology offer majors and minors an opportunity to engage deeply with a topic of anthropological concern. Through these courses anthropology students gain experience in doing an independent research project on a topic they care about and produce a significant paper or other major work. Enrollment for majors and minors is preferred.