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Department of Anthropology

Medical Anthropology Minor

Spring 2021



ANTH 102.001-012 / Understanding Other Cultures

MW / 12:00 – 12:50 / 100% Web Synchronous

Professor: Magdalena Stawkowski

(3 credits) 

Prerequisite for Anthropology Majors & Minors


Fulfills 3 hrs of the 6-hr Social Science GSS (Global Citizenship & Multicultural Understanding) Carolina Core Requirement and

 Graduation with Leadership Distinction (GLD):  Global Learning 

Medical Minor Requirement* 

Only one prerequisite per Major can be used for the GSS Requirement

*Cannot use for GSS Requirement if using for Medical Minor 

Section 1: Monday / 1:10 – 2:00 / 100% Web Synchronous

Section 2: Monday / 2:20 – 3:10 / 100% Web Synchronous

Section 3: Monday / 3:30 – 4:20 / 100% Web Synchronous

Section 4: Tuesday / 11:40 – 12:30 / 100% Web Synchronous

Section 5: Tuesday / 1:15 – 2:05 / 100% Web Synchronous

Section 6: Wednesday / 9:40 – 10:30 / 100% Web Synchronous

Section 7: Wednesday / 10:50 – 11:40 / 100% Web Synchronous

Section 8: Wednesday / 1:10 – 2:00 / 100% Web Synchronous

Section 9: Wednesday / 2:20 – 3:10 / 100% Web Synchronous

Section 10: Wednesday / 3:30 – 4:20 / 100% Web Synchronous

Section 11: Thursday / 11:40 – 12:30 / 100% Web Synchronous

Section 12: Thursday / 1:15 – 2:05 / 100% Web Synchronous  

Course Readings:

Please go to the USC Bookstore to find what books you will need for this course: 

Course Description: 

Anthropology is a comparative study of human societies and their diversity past and present. The field challenges us to consider the ways in which people’s lives and social relations are shaped by political, economic, and historical forces. This class takes a survey-style approach to presenting a broad range of past and current theories, methodology, and concepts in cultural anthropology in order to introduce students to a range of human social life and cultural phenomena.

 ANTH 392.001 & .H10 / Global Women’s Health

TR / 11:40 – 12:55 / Face-to-Face in Hamilton 140

Professor: Kathryn Luchok

(3 credits) 

Meets with Honors Anth 392.H10 and WGST 392.H10 

Fulfills the Cultural Requirement for the Anthropology Major 

Medical Minor Requirement 

Course Readings:

Please go to the USC Bookstore to find what books you will need for this course: 

Course Description:

This course examines health issues important in the lives of women around the world. The course will take a life cycle approach beginning with issues surrounding the birth of girl babies, continuing through the period of growth and development, adulthood, including family planning, pregnancy and lactation and ending with old age. Drawing on medical and applied anthropology perspectives, the course will cover the sociocultural landscape of women’s lives, including the forces that promote and hinder the health and well-being of women around the globe. Also examined are programs aimed at improving women’s lives world-wide. The goal of this course is to provide students with a clearer understanding of the female life cycle with a greater appreciation for the mental, physical and social health risks women face, as well as the resilience and strengths women bring, on a global scale. 

This class will be of interest to students interested in global issues, culture and health and/or women’s health, including but not limited to those in Anthropology, Global Studies, WGST, Public Health, Nursing, Social Work, Education, Sociology, Political Science and Psychology.  It is a required course for the Medical Anthropology Minor.


ANTH 263.001 / Medical Experimentation & the Black Body

100% Web - Asynchronous

Professor: Carlina de la Cova

(3 credits) 

Fulfills the Biological Requirement for Anthropology Major 

Medical Minor Elective 

Course Readings:

Please go to the USC Bookstore to find what books you will need for this course: 

Course Description:

This is a cross-disciplinary study of how the bodies of Africans and African Americans were used in medical experimentation, starting in the late 18th century and continuing to the present. We will examine how peoples of African descent were researched, studied, and experimented upon under the guise of advancing medicine knowledge. We will also evaluate how this process has shifted from physical bodies to genetic material. Integral to the course will be understanding scientific cultural beliefs of the 18th through the early 20th century as well as the cultural beliefs of the Black community in regard to health, medicine, white physicians, and present day mistrust of the medical community. Through readings, discussions, primary sources, and lectures, emphasis will be placed on: medical experimentation on African Americans in the Antebellum era, the use of Black bodies as materia medica (teaching/learning subjects in medicine) through time, the Eugenics movement, Black mistrust of the medical community, and the overarching theme that African Americans were separate and not equal, yet the medical knowledge gained from them was still applicable to Euro-American elites.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.