SanJuan

About the program

This experiential learning seminar introduces students to key concepts, theories and methods in medical anthropology for the study of medicine in both biomedical and Indigenous cultures.  Particularly, students will become familiar with non-western categories of healing, illness and health.  Indigenous etiologies, pharmacopoeia, nosology, spiritual diagnosis, divination, prophylactic devices, bone setting, herbal remedies, as well as magical and religious healing from various Mesoamerican Indigenous societies will be explored.  Lessons from Central American Indigoes healer will help us understand the pragmatic and symbolic value of medical pluralism. Talking to, and witnessing, Indigenous healers at work, will provide an important experiential learning opportunity for students.

Students will be housed in small hotels called “Casa de Huespedes” near the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) in Managua.  Casa de Huespedes are family-run businesses also dedicated to the preservation of cultural and environmental heritage, as well as historical buildings in Managua.  From this picturesque places, students will commute to the UNAN in a van driven by a local driver.  This will permit students have a first-hand experience of school communing a Managua, and develop a friendship with their driver.  In Nicaragua, no one you see more than twice in a week goes unnoticed, and meaningful social relations emerge from daily contact.  Staying at this small hotels, rather than big luxurious and highly impersonal five star ones, will allow students to have a continuous and closer inter-cultural and learning experience.  Casas de Huepedes are community oriented places with intensive daily social interactions that will help students practice and learn some Spanish.

Breakfast and suppers will be prepared and served at these Casa de Huespedes.  Students will be responsible of their own lunch, which they can purchase at the University cafeteria or at other venues whenever they are away the Casa de Huespedes.

Field excursions and cultural tours to place of national interest and relevance of the seminar will take place.  This includes three field excursions to Indigenous communities in the interior of Nicaragua, as well as museum visits in Managua.   

 

General Timeline

Week 1: Introduction to key concepts, theories and methods in medical anthropology for the study of medicine in both biomedical and Indigenous cultures. Introductory workshops on Spanish language and Nicaraguan multiculturalism.  Cultural diversity and medical pluralism in Nicaragua. 

Week 2. Workshops on Indigenous healing. Introduction to non-biomedical categories of healing, illness and health in Nicaragua. Indigenous etiologies, pharmacopoeia, nosology, spiritual diagnosis, divination, prophylactic devices, bone setting, herbal remedies, as well as magical and religious healing from various Mesoamerican Indigenous societies will be addressed. 

Week 3. Visiting community health centres in the island of Ometepe that combined traditional Nicaraguan herbal medicine with ancestral Indigenous medical knowledge. Learning about medicine production and ceremonial healing. Workshop on Spanish language and intercultural exchange with English speaker Ometepe islanders.

Week 4. Final lectures on Central American medicine. Field excursions to the colonial towns of Masaya, Leon and Granada.  Workshops on alternative medicine in Managua and the legislation of non-biomedical medicine. Lessons from Central American Indigenous healers and the pragmatic and symbolic value of medical pluralism. Talking to, and witnessing, Indigenous healers at work, will provide an important experiential learning opportunity for students.

 Program fees – $3,000-$3,200*

*The final program fee depends on the number of students in the program

INCLUDED in program fee

NOT included in program fee

  • Go Global Award is given to students who have 70% in their best 24 credits from the 2016-17 year
  • Accommodations
  • On-site group transportation
  • Some meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Guest lectures
  • Go Global Fee
  • Flight
  • UBC tuition
  • Remainder of meals
  • Health or travel insurance
  • Immunizations (if necessary)
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal spending money for communications, snacks, souvenirs, etc.

 

 TreesofLife

Deadline: Applications for this Global Seminar are now CLOSED

Eligible applicants may be invited for an interview before being accepted into this program.

To apply for this program please complete the application form and apply here.

 
Coursework 

ANTH 320 - Central American Indigenous Medicine.  

 
Program dates 

Summer Term 2: July 1 - 22, 2018

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