Materialities in Practice


Course Objective

This is a course offered by UvA
After this course participants should be able to:

recognise various ways in which social/material and culture/nature
divisions tend to be made in academia and beyond;
not take the results of (biomedical) research for granted, but instead
investigate the contexts from which it emerges;
differentiate between the effectiveness and the effects of technologies;
discuss the pros and cons of the methods of holism (adding aspects of
reality together) and contrasting (situating, specifying and
differentiating between versions of reality).

Course Content

This is a course offered by UvA
From the bodies of humans via the flesh of apples and oranges, through
to bacteria; from sewage systems via needles through to wheelchairs; and
so on: a lot of stuff is relevant to health and disease. Caring for self
and others is as physical as it is emotional. Whether in the high tech
practices of modern hospitals or the mundane practices of sleeping,
eating and working: materialities are everywhere. How to analyse them?
How to account for them in anthropological studies; in sociological
analyses? How to not take what natural and medical sciences have to say
about materialities for granted, but situate it in their socially
embedded knowledge practices? These are the questions that in this
course we will address.

For more information:

Teaching Methods

lectures, assignment

Method of Assessment

attendance of lectures and assignment

Custom Course Registration

"This course is offered at the UvA. For more information contact: FNWI Education Service Centre, Science Park 904, servicedesk-esc-, +31 (0)20 525 7100. Enrolment via is required."

General Information

Course Code AMU_0028
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. E.V. Syurina MSc
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You cannot register for this course yourself; your faculty's education office carries out registration