FutureLearn is offering a free online course delivered by the University of Cape Town exploring the intersection of medicine, medical anthropology and the creative arts. Over six weeks, participants will visit a new aspect of human life and consider it from the perspectives of people working in health sciences, social sciences and the arts.
The course will introduce participants to the emerging field of medical humanities and the concept of whole person care, via these six themes:
- The Heart of the Matter: A Matter of the Heart
- Children’s Voices and Healing
- Mind, Art and Play
- Reproduction and Innovation
- Tracing Origins
- Death and the Corpse
Contributors to the course will include a psychologist, heart surgeon, pathologist, oncologist, geneticist, sociologist, poet and visual artist. They will pose critical questions about how we deal with health, healing and being human.
Each contributor has been filmed on location in Cape Town, including at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, the Heart of Cape Town Museum, and the Pathology Learning Centre.
The course will encourage participants to discuss ideas with learners all over the world, and reflect on the ways in which bodies, health, social life, culture and the imagination intersect in your local setting.
By the end of the course, participants will understand multiple, complex perspectives on health, illness and healing, and be able to create alternative responses to important health challenges.
Interest in this course can be registered here: www.futurelearn.com/courses/medicine-and-the-arts