Anthro for nurses? Suggestions needed

PamWilson/GregSmith (102253.1572@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Tue, 14 Nov 1995 17:00:32 EST

I've been hired to teach an introductory "Culture and Society" course which has
been made a required course in the curriculum for a local nursing school. This
provides me with the challenge of designing a course which will cover the basic
concepts of cultural anthro while at the same time being meaningful and directly
relevant to the professional nursing practices of my students. I'm excited about
the possibilities (and applaud the medical profession for finally acknowledging
the importance of our field to their practice!).

However, I'm out of my area of expertise here. I've never taught medical
anthropology (or even studied it in depth), so I too will be learning as I go
along. I had to choose texts with about 3 days notice, so I've ordered
Lindenbaum's "Knowledge, Power and Practice" and Jordan's "Birth in Four
Cultures" as readers to supplement the Richard Robbins' cultural anthro textbook
they used previously.

I'd appreciate any suggestions about how to structure the course, any types of
assignments and class activities which might be helpful and effective, and
especially any films or videos that any of you have found good for teaching and
which might speak to issues relevant to cultural issues of health, healing, etc.
Oh yes--even though my students' books are ordered, if you have suggestions
about anything I could read to incorporate into lectures, etc., that would be

Thanks in advance,

Pam Wilson
Carlow College (Pittsburgh)