Keio Opencourseware


KEIO Opencourseware >> Course List >> International Center >>AFRICAN ISSUES, Spring 2007


Hidetoshi Kondo

[Course Guide]

Course Description:

Children, who are emaciated with protruding bellies and fly-infested faces, are crying for food, or worse, already motionless in their mothers’ arms. For many, such a shocking scene is typically associated with Africa. This popular imagery has its origin in mass media that are often sensationalistic as to African coverage. The truth is that Africa is the continent of wonderfully rich and diverse cultures, where people live their vibrant everyday life. Yet, from this, it does not immediately follow that Africa is a trouble-free region. Just as Japan and other industrial countries have many social problems, Africa does have critical issues to be pursued.
This course is intended to explore some of the major problems that Africa is currently facing. This year we will focus on problems and possibilities associated with communities in contemporary Africa. Using wide range of academic disciplines, we will explore the social and cultural aspects of medicine and illness in Africa.
Thus, the topics we deal with include:(1) complexity and flow of medical cultures, (2) social relations and power in medicine, (3) capitalism, the state and medicine, (4) development and decline of bio-medicine, (5) traditional medicine and professionalisation, (6) religion as medicine, (7) cultural understanding and social consequences of AIDS pandemic.

Classes: 13
One 90-minute class per week

Feedback: For your suggestions, please write to us.


go to course Top

go to Keio OCW Top

Creative Commons License
Contents of this site is licensed under a Creative Commons License.