FutureLearn is hosting a free online course delivered by the University of Cape Town which will explore 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 starts on 17 September 2018.

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, psychiatrist, heart surgeon, pathologist, oncologist, sociologist, poet and visual artist. They will pose critical questions about how we deal with health, healing and being human.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • identify interdisciplinary perspectives in health and humanities used in addressing complex healthcare challenges
  • discuss how the arts and humanities contribute to improved healthcare practices
  • understand the role of the arts in approaches to healthcare within six health-related topics
  • contribute your local perspective and relate it to the perspective of others

Course registration: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/medicine-and-the-arts


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