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FutureLearn: Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare

 with  Steve Reid and Susan Levine
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This free online course will explore the intersection of medicine, medical anthropology and the creative arts. Through each of its six weeks, we’ll visit a new aspect of human life and consider it from the perspectives of people working in health sciences, social sciences and the arts.

Explore the emerging field of medical humanities

The course will introduce you to the emerging field of medical humanities and the concept of whole person care, via these six themes:

  • The Heart of the Matter: A Matter of the Heart
  • Children’s Voices and Healing
  • Mind, Art and Play
  • Reproduction and Innovation
  • Tracing Origins
  • Death and the Corpse

Together, we’ll question our propensity to separate the body from the mind in healthcare, consider what defines humanity, and share points of connection and difference between art and medicine.

Learn with specialists from diverse fields

Contributors to the course will include a psychologist, heart surgeon, pathologist, oncologist, geneticist, sociologist, poet and visual artist. They will pose critical questions about how we deal with health, healing and being human.

Each has been filmed on location in Cape Town, including at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, the Heart of Cape Town Museum, and the Pathology Learning Centre.

Develop and discuss your own ideas

The course will encourage you to discuss your ideas with learners all over the world, and reflect on the ways in which bodies, health, social life, culture and the imagination intersect in your local setting. Together, we’ll ask:

  • How is it that academic disciplines have become so rigid in their focus that they sometimes struggle to talk meaningfully to general audiences and other specialists?
  • And what potential can we unlock by combining different fields of expertise and the silos of knowledge that otherwise separate them?

By the end of the course, you’ll understand multiple, complex perspectives on health, illness and healing, and be able to create alternative responses to important health challenges.

You can find out more in Susan Levine and Steve Reid’s post for the FutureLearn blog: “Introducing medical humanities: a new, interdisciplinary approach to healthcare.”

This course is open to everyone. All that’s required is an interest in medicine, the arts or social sciences.

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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Pace Finished
Subject Health Care
Provider FutureLearn
Language English
Certificates $49 Certificate Available
Hours 3 hours a week
Calendar 6 weeks long
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26 reviews for FutureLearn's Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Rajkumar Benny completed this course.
This is exactly the kind of course that I've been looking for quite some time, and I'm glad to have found it with the help of the learning platform-'Futurelearn'. Since I'm doing a different degree altogether, I took this course out of pure interest and in understanding about the healthcare systems, and I should say qu Read More
This is exactly the kind of course that I've been looking for quite some time, and I'm glad to have found it with the help of the learning platform-'Futurelearn'. Since I'm doing a different degree altogether, I took this course out of pure interest and in understanding about the healthcare systems, and I should say quite honestly that it didn't disappoint- not at all, and it was a wonderful experience. The course added fresh new perspectives and citations from various disciplines, which ultimately emphasized on moving from the 'modernized' way of viewing the healthcare to a post-modern approach- wherein we integrate what each and every discipline offers us in a holistic manner. That being said, I loved the assignment settings, and the forums were very interactive and engaging. The instructors have done a very neat job of organizing the ideas and I'm glad that I came across such an insightful course.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Elazar completed this course.
It was a heart-expanding experience of learning while walking. I have no doubt that I come out of the experience equipped with a broader perspective than I had with the beginning of the course. Perspective that makes me a better professional, but no less importantly, a better person. The learning experience only s Read More
It was a heart-expanding experience of learning while walking.

I have no doubt that I come out of the experience equipped with a broader perspective than I had with the beginning of the course. Perspective that makes me a better professional, but no less importantly, a better person.

The learning experience only strengthened my sense of mission to convey the message to the various layers of human society in which I live.

Mainly distribute it among professionals in the field of medicine in general, including those dealing with mental health ..

Thank you all for the opportunity.

It was a great privilege
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Jacqui partially completed this course.
I did this course totally out of personal interest and I absolutely loved it. The Future learn platform was really easy to navigate and user-friendly. The subject matter was diverse and totally interesting, with short mini lectures and reading material. I did all the reading but I did not do the assignments as I had t Read More
I did this course totally out of personal interest and I absolutely loved it. The Future learn platform was really easy to navigate and user-friendly. The subject matter was diverse and totally interesting, with short mini lectures and reading material. I did all the reading but I did not do the assignments as I had too little time, but I do not think that should put anybody off. The online community was also wonderful and interesting. It is quite something to realize you are studying with people from all over the world. Highly recommended.
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Anonymous completed this course.
A hugely enriching course - diverse in ingredients and giving both day jobs (including one as actor-reader stroke recovery and rehab wards) new dimensions... and, most helpfully, more and renewed value to the essential sensitivity / visceral nature - and silence - of a healthy creative practice - which itself can some Read More
A hugely enriching course - diverse in ingredients and giving both day jobs (including one as actor-reader stroke recovery and rehab wards) new dimensions... and, most helpfully, more and renewed value to the essential sensitivity / visceral nature - and silence - of a healthy creative practice - which itself can sometimes feel drowned in an ocean of digital technology and mass media noise.

'Particularly appreciated the light touch / inclusive tone with which the material was delivered A super stimulating multi-layering of ideas and information. Thank you!

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This is an absolutely brilliant course! Each week you look at a topic within the healthcare system through a different perspective related to the arts, i.e. literature, sociology, anthropology, artistic performance. This broad overview really allows you to generate different perspectives and viewpoints. You will be challenged, you will change your views when you do this course.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I found this course insightful, careful, powerful, filled with creativity and knowledge and very, very helpful. Each week was a new take on Medicine and the Arts with a variety of presenters from diverse specialities. I found the whole process of viewing the videos, commenting, engaging in a global perspective and the Read More
I found this course insightful, careful, powerful, filled with creativity and knowledge and very, very helpful. Each week was a new take on Medicine and the Arts with a variety of presenters from diverse specialities. I found the whole process of viewing the videos, commenting, engaging in a global perspective and the cross cultural communication inspiring. I look forward to doing more in this vein.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful
a year ago
Petra Jerling completed this course.
I really found the course very insightful. It was well presented and suitable for people of any background and level of education who are interested in the subject. I have gained knowledge as well as many creative ideas which I can use in my work as music therapist every day.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I liked this course Medicine and the art. it helped me get different opinions and view health care from different perspective
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a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This was my first FutureLearn course and i thoroughly enjoyed it. The course material was presented in a variety of ways that allowed me to keep interested and not become bored with either just reading or listening all of the time. The site is easy to navigate showing very clearly the stages of the course, separated in Read More
This was my first FutureLearn course and i thoroughly enjoyed it. The course material was presented in a variety of ways that allowed me to keep interested and not become bored with either just reading or listening all of the time. The site is easy to navigate showing very clearly the stages of the course, separated into weeks and then into tasks for that week so you can't lose track of where you are. I didn't fully understand all of the course dialogue but it is a new subject so i wouldn't expect to. Despite initially being out of my comfort zone having to write a few mini assignments i'm glad that i made the effort to and completed the course fully. My initial interest in the course was due to me exploring using art to express suppressed emotion and i wanted to learn more about the process. I found aspects of the course quite healing personally and i would recommend it!
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9 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This was a heart-felt and enlightening course that took me on a journey of learning about a interdisciplinary approach to medicine and the arts. It was thoughtful, well planned and the content and speakers were excellent. The format of learning with a mixture of videos, articles, commentary, assignments and interacti Read More
This was a heart-felt and enlightening course that took me on a journey of learning about a interdisciplinary approach to medicine and the arts. It was thoughtful, well planned and the content and speakers were excellent. The format of learning with a mixture of videos, articles, commentary, assignments and interactions with other learners was really engaging and I was quite sad when the 6 weeks was over! I learnt a huge amount that I will take into my work as a coach and into life generally. The lead educators Susan and Steve held the space for us as learners and invited us to really think in ways I had not before. Really liked the back-drop of South Africa and learning about how medicine and the arts is applied there. It seems like a very natural place for this topic to evolve from. I would highly recommend this course.
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9 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Heart transplant surgery, the experiences of children with chronic illnesses, reproduction and a consideration of death, these are just some of the areas covered in the six weeks of Humanising Healthcare. This is an absorbing, challenging course, presented in an engaging manner. The source material is rich and diverse Read More
Heart transplant surgery, the experiences of children with chronic illnesses, reproduction and a consideration of death, these are just some of the areas covered in the six weeks of Humanising Healthcare. This is an absorbing, challenging course, presented in an engaging manner.

The source material is rich and diverse.

Peer assessed assignments are optional, but help the learner to a greater understanding of the subject matter. The forums are another means of giving and providing feedback and sharing ideas and opinions with people, but also for support.

I am already finding ways of using what I have learned from the course and highly recommend it to anyone who believes that art and science belong together.
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Anonymous completed this course.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It seamlessly joined the practice of medicine to the humanities. It was particularly interesting to hear from children who are hospitalised for some time with TB and to learn of their hopes and fears. All too often we hear from everyone except the child who is the patient. It was inte Read More
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It seamlessly joined the practice of medicine to the humanities. It was particularly interesting to hear from children who are hospitalised for some time with TB and to learn of their hopes and fears. All too often we hear from everyone except the child who is the patient. It was interesting to learn about new innovations in healthcare allied with the humanities.

The only week I found difficult was the last which centered on death and the corpse.

I didn't love the assignments, but found they helped cement what we had learned that week.

I would recommend this course to others. I have a medical background, which helped me access some of the ideas.
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2 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I recommend this course from Cape Town University highly. The lead educators, a medical anthropologist and a general practitioner, were joined by other professionals of many disciplines from forensics to poetry, to show how medical care can be humanised through a less biomedical, and more cultural and social approach Read More
I recommend this course from Cape Town University highly. The lead educators, a medical anthropologist and a general practitioner, were joined by other professionals of many disciplines from forensics to poetry, to show how medical care can be humanised through a less biomedical, and more cultural and social approach. Thus the meaning of life events, from human creativity and reproduction, to illness and death, was explored in depth. This sparked so many ideas in my mind I will go forward in my own life enriched.
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Anonymous completed this course.
An excellent course with dedicated presenters and participants. The subject matter is what attracted me, and it was worth my while. I learned a great deal, though as the presenters made clear, it couldn't cover everything. I don't know if they will be interested in creating another course by moving beyond the Arts to t Read More
An excellent course with dedicated presenters and participants. The subject matter is what attracted me, and it was worth my while. I learned a great deal, though as the presenters made clear, it couldn't cover everything. I don't know if they will be interested in creating another course by moving beyond the Arts to the Humanities in general (Philosophy, History, Psychology, Geography, etc.), but if they do I would be very interested in taking that course.
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a year ago
Rose Gonçalves completed this course.
It was a great experience. I have improved my knowledge in Applied Arts area in this specific field of Medicine Humanities. All teacher were very good skilled profesionals in different areas as Medicine, Social Sciences, Music, Poetry and Photography. They engaged a lot with their issues and they managed to keep the st Read More
It was a great experience. I have improved my knowledge in Applied Arts area in this specific field of Medicine Humanities. All teacher were very good skilled profesionals in different areas as Medicine, Social Sciences, Music, Poetry and Photography. They engaged a lot with their issues and they managed to keep the students motivated all along the course. I'm so glad for had completed this course. Thank you UCT team.
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9 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
A fantastic quality course I really enjoyed participating in. The providers were wonderful, and the speakers they brought together were from diverse fields and completely inspiring. There was so much interesting discussion to be found from other participants in the comments section of almost every stage of the course. This was my first MOOC, I'm hooked!
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Anonymous partially completed this course.
The quality of presentation for this course and the obvious care taken to offer thought-provoking and action-inspiring interdisciplinary examples to illustrate its themes was truly impressive to me. I plan to go back over the course now to deepen my exploration and apply it to my own work wherever I see the opportunity.
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10 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
fabulous course which exceeded my expectations of learning. A unique view into medicine and art was invaluable. The use of videos, assignments, interactions with other learners and general feel of the course, due to the excellent mentors has been inspirational. I highly recommend it
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2 years ago
Ah is taking this course right now.
I partially completed the course last time round. I think it makes a very important point; that an interdisciplinary approach to medicine is vital to humanise healthcare.

I will definitely make an effort to complete the course this time round.
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Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent course. Well run, well researched materials, varied learning opportunities. Excellent participatory opportunities. A challenging course, including thinking about sick children and death. Great creative use of the arts.
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Anonymous completed this course.
Brilliant course that covers the subjects sensitively but with great clarity. The range of teaching/learning methods was broad and excellent educators from a wide range of disciplines made it a fascinating course.
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Anonymous completed this course.
I found the course hugely informative and interesting. The topics were quite diverse and it was fascinating to read other participants' views and experiences in their own countries.
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Amany completed this course.
The one important thing is that the course included different professionals from different specialties and careers. A multidisciplinary approach to the issue was fruitful.
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Anonymous completed this course.
Outstanding course, great presentation by wonderful participants. Experts who understand and care about their subject and people. Best I've ever done!

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