Our teaching

Teaching in health, medicine, and society

We teach on courses in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and work to facilitate and enable new teaching collaborations across departments and faculties.

Over several years, colleagues at CMHB have taught in the medical humanities and bioethics at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. We have also long experience of teaching the medical humanities and bioethics at undergraduate and graduate level in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Our ambition is to further develop teaching collaboration across the faculties as well as outside the university.

Below you find single subject courses in the field of medical humanities and bioethics which are taught in English.

Single subject courses in the field of medical humanities and bioethics at LiU

Migration, Health and Biopolitics, 7.5 credits

In this advanced course, students examine health related issues using intersectional theories of migration, ethnicity and racism. Students will learn about encounters between sociocultural and (bio)medical perspectives on health, and explore themes such as the history of racial biology, postmodern genomics, colonial psychiatry, population regulation, and migration and trauma.


Critical Perspectives on Planning for Health, 7.5 credits

Urban and regional planning is also a matter of public health. This course critically investigates the key importance of socio-material space for health. It also highlights the relations between planning interventions and health on individual and societal levels. It provides several perspectives on how health is distributed in society and how health can be affected, keeping in mind different definitions of health and well-being.


Biomedical Ethics, 7.5 credits

What does it mean to undergo medical screening, and when and why shouldn't such screening be offered? How do norms about sex, gender and kinship shape the ways in which we understand bodies as well as medical treatments, and when should this be seen as ethically troubling? Should bodily donations be performed out of altruism, as market-like exchanges or something else, and why or why not? How should priority-setting in health care take place and what are the core ethical issues in psychiatry? These and other questions related to biomedical ethics are discussed during this course, which examines different theoretical conceptions, arguments, cases and cultural understandings.


Centre for Medical Humanities and Bioethics

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