ANTH340 - Medical Anthropology: Home

Welcome ANTH340

Welcome ANTH340 students!

This guide is intended to help you get started with your research assignment. With tips on getting books, journal articles, and more, you should take a bit of time to look around. Be sure to ask questions if you need help!

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The Writing Center

CSU Writing Center

Johnson Hall, Room 119D
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 4pm
Friday: 10am - 1pm

Morgan Library, Room 171
Sunday - Thursday: 6pm - 8pm

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Your Writing Assignments

"Each of your two writing assignments will focus on an aspect of health or sickness in relation to the culture and society in which it is embedded.  As an anthropological inquiry, your paper should analyze cultural and social factors that influence the problem you are focusing on, such as: power relations; cultural constructions of sickness or healing methods; social structural factors influencing sickness (gender, race, ethnicity, or social class); the illness experience of patients; environmental factors influencing sickness; or other issues related to health, sickness, and/or healing.

You must also use concepts in medical anthropology that we discuss in the class and a theoretical framework to analyze your topic. Examples of theoretical approaches you may use are symbolism, critical medical anthropology (or political economy of health), biocultural medical anthropology, theory of the body, discourse theory, or a cultural historical approach. Your theoretical approach will influence what factors you will focus on in your research, so it is best to think about your theoretical approach before and during your research process, as well as when you write your paper.

Your paper must focus on a health issue  located within one specific culture, either within or outside of the U.S. Your paper may analyze the issue from a macro-level or global perspective, however (for example, how international relations influence a health issue in a particular culture)."

Get Set to Use the Library

InterLibrary Loan

InterLibrary Loan, also known as ILL, is a great resource that can connect you to full-text journal, magazine and newspaper articles, as well as books, book chapters and other resources that our library does not have.

ILL is FREE for you to use, but you have to set up an account username and password first.

Step 1: Set up your ILL account here

Step 2: Request items through ILL here or via the FindIt@CSU button


  • When you're in a database, use the FindIt@CSU Button button to see if full-text is already available. If not, click on the 'InterlibraryLoan/Document Deliver' link to submit a request.

  • ILL article requests are generally processed within 24-48 hours.

  • ILL book requests take a bit longer. Check our Regional Catalog, Prospector, to see if you can get a book faster from a front range library.

  • You will receive an e-mail alert when the materials are available.

For more information, visit the ILL web site.