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Gender, Medicine, Health

Genre, médecine, santé

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Teacher(s): Cynthia Kraus, Irene Maffi
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2017 -> 2017

No timetable defined.


Spring semester
6 hours per week
84 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 0


This course analyzes various types of discourses, practices, and actors in the field of mental and physical health from a critical perspective inspired by social and cultural anthropology, gender studies, and the social studies of science, technology, and medicine (or STS). The main goal is to understand how institutional and political actors (states, health policies, health insurance), professional groups (doctors and non-doctors), patients (associations) and activists (social movements) define, co-produce and govern bodies, sexualities, populations, identities, selves, the normal and the pathological, the typical and the atypical, etc. in different Northern and Southern contexts.


The course offers a variety of thematic entries and ethnographic case studies so as to highlight the cultural, social, economic, political, medical, technological dimensions of these dynamics from a comparative perspective.

The course includes exploratory field research, shared reading, group discussions, and film analysis (documentaries and fictions). Several presentations by social scientists and health professionals are also included in the program.

Keywords: Procreation; Abortion; Sexualities; Gender Identities; Bodies ; Medicine; Health; Norms; State; Protest.

All the course materials (syllabus, texts, etc.) are available online via Moodle.


Contrôle continu sans inscription avec note (CCS).


Tous les documents de travail pour le cours (vade-mecum, textes partagés, etc.) sont disponibles sur Moodle.

Programme requirements


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