This course focuses on intensive discussion of current peer-reviewed literature in medical anthropology and neighboring disciplines, with an emphasis on empirical research articles published in the last two years.
The course takes the format of a journal club, an established part of graduate training in many health-related disciplines. Each week one student will present and lead a discussion of one peer-reviewed article from medical anthropology or an allied discipline.
The presenter is responsible for selecting an article for discussion, in consultation with me. All students are expected to have read the assigned article Uf human sexuality and culture syllabus to participate actively in discussion.
There are no assigned texts. Reading materials will be drawn from the peer-reviewed literature and posted on the journal club website at least one week in advance. Final grades are based on attendance, presentations, and written critical summaries of assigned journal articles.
Attendance and participation are mandatory and will be recorded each week. You are allowed up to two unexcused absences without penalty.
Excused absences will be dropped and will not affect your grade. An absence is considered excused if there is an acceptable reason according to UF policy http: Active participation requires that you read the assigned article, take notes, and prepare thoughtful questions and critical discussion points.
Each student is required to select, present, and lead the discussion of at least one article per semester.
In the discussion, draw out strengths, not just weaknesses, of the paper and try to highlight its contribution to the literature. You may select from any of the readings we discuss. Highlight both strengths and weaknesses, and pose questions for further research or discussion. Critical summaries must be submitted by email before discussion of the article.
Final grades are evaluated on the following scale: Articles for journal club should be published within the last years in a peer-reviewed journal in medical anthropology or allied disciplines. The following list includes core journals in the field. This list is not exhaustive.
Relevant articles from other fields are welcome. American Journal of Human Biology.
American Journal of Public Health. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
All work should be individual unless it is specifically connected to assigned collaborative work. I expect all students to honor their commitment to the UF Honor Code available online at http: Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The DSO will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation.
Please make any requests by the second week of class. Please contact the Disability Resources Center http: Students facing difficulties completing the course or who are in need of counseling or urgent help should call the on-campus Counseling and Wellness Center. The syllabus page shows a table-oriented view of the course schedule, and the basics of course grading. You can add any other comments, notes, or thoughts you have about the course structure, course policies or anything else.
Learning Objectives To broaden your understanding of current trends in medical anthropology and neighboring disciplines. To enhance your ability to analyze the theory, methods, and significance of peer-reviewed articles from the primary literature.
To Uf human sexuality and culture syllabus your presentation skills and ability to participate in discussion of the primary literature. Course Format Each week one student will present and lead a discussion of one peer-reviewed article from medical anthropology or an allied discipline.
Course Materials There are no assigned texts. Grade Components Participation Attendance and participation are mandatory and will be recorded each week. Leading discussion Each student is required to select, present, and lead the discussion of at least one article per semester. Academic Honor Code All work should be individual unless it is specifically connected to assigned collaborative work. Accommodation for Students with Disabilities Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office.