You will conduct a semesterClong ethnographic and/or libraryCbased project in which you develop and explore a particular question about how culture and society shapes and reflects the nature of health, wellbeing, healthcare, and/or healing.
will conduct a semesterClong ethnographic and/or libraryCbased project in which you develop and explore a particular question about how culture and society shapes and reflects the nature of health, wellbeing, healthcare, and/or healing.
You can choose (with input from me, your professor) what facet(s) of culture/society, and what aspect(s) of health/wellbeing/healthcare/healing, to focus on in your inquiry. Our readings will give you some great ideas to follow up on (and you may want to read ahead, to look at the topics that we will be covering later in the class). Alternatively, you may know of health and wellCbeing matters in your own lives, families and communities that you wish to explore in more depth.
After developing your question by earlyCtoCmid February, you should plan on spending until early April collecting information for your project and analyzing/reflecting on what you find out. You should then write a 12C15 page Final Report (instead of a final exam) that addresses the following questions:
1. What was the general topic you decided to delve into/explore this semester, and what made you become curious/hooked on/committed to this topic? (introduction)
2. What other conversations in academia, in the community or in the media have been going on about this general topic as well as your specific research question? In other words, who has done work on the topic, or been concerned about the topic, or specifically has advocated for this question to be researched? (review of the literature)
3. Where do you jump in CC what’s your entry point? What was the specific research question that you decided to explore in your project?* (specific research question/objective) *note that you should run this by me, the professor, by the end of September so that you can know that you’re on the right track
4. Why is the question relevant/significant/important to explore, from your point of view and the point of view of those who have done (or want others to do) work on this topic/question? (significance)
5. What methods and conceptual frameworks did you use to structure/frame your exploration? (methods, conceptual frameworks)
6. How did you go about your exploration, and with whom, or with what resources? (procedures and population sample/library texts)
7. What was the answer to the question that you posed at the outset? (results and discussion)
8. What else did you find out, in addition to the answer to your question? (results and discussion)
9. What are some concrete case examples/quotes/anecdotes from your research that illustrate or gives additional contextualizing information for, your main question? (results and discussion)
10. In what ways were the medical anthropology approaches and conceptual frameworks you used helpful or lacking in answering your question? (results and discussion)
11. Going forward, if you (or other curious souls) were to continue investigating the question that you explored, what would you suggest be done to extend/continue/deepen the investigation, and why? In other words, what’s at stake here? Why would this question merit further investigation? Why does it matter CC and to/for whom? (conclusion)
12. What final thoughts would you like to share about what you experienced and learned during the process of exploring your question? (conclusion)