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Society and Health in Historical Perspective

2019/2020
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
4
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
4 year, 3 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course surveys the history of medical knowledge and practice from antiquity to the early 20th century. The course will explore a number of ongoing themes: race, bodily difference, and medicine; medicine and the environment; women, gender, and medicine; the history of the body; the history of sexuality; and the close connections between forms of social order and forms of medical knowledge.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Students will understand the fundamental questions and methods of the history of medicine; they will develop critical skills of assessing medicine’s complex role in contemporary society.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Student will be able to read analytically academic literature for seminars, summarise it, highlight the main arguments, and critically evaluate them
  • Student will be able to read academic literature for seminars, discuss it during a seminar and participate in a group discussion in English.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction. Health and disease in historical perspective. The practitioners' perspective and critical social history of medicine
    Introduction. Health and disease in historical perspective. The practitioners' perspective and critical social history of medicine.
  • Tropical, colonial and post-colonial medicine
    Tropical, colonial and post-colonial medicine
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Participation in seminars
  • non-blocking Short oral or written summary
  • non-blocking The exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.2 * Participation in seminars + 0.4 * Short oral or written summary + 0.4 * The exam
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bynum, W. F. (2008). The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=363643

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Porter, R. (2001). Bodies Politic : Disease, Death and Doctors in Britain, 1650-1900. London: Reaktion Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=440604