Society and Health in Historical Perspective
- 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.
- Student will be able to read analytically academic literature for seminars, summarise it, highlight the main arguments, and critically evaluate them
- Students will be able to discuss academic literature during a seminar and participate in a group discussion in English
- Students will be able to compare the views of different authors on the same subject, analyse and evaluate the ideas of other students suggested during seminar discussions
- IntroductionHealth and disease from a historical perspective. The practitioners' perspective and critical social history of medicine.
- European medicine in the 16th-17th centuriesEuropean medicine in the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution. Population, health and the early modern state
- Health, medicine and modernity (1)The making of the medical professions; epidemic diseases, sanitation movement and public health in the 19th century
- Health, medicine and modernity (2)Scientific medicine in the 19th century
- Epidemics and the Making of Modern Public HealthEpidemics and the Making of Modern Public Health
- Medicine and Twentieth-Century WarfareMedicine and Twentieth-Century Warfare
- Pharmaceuticalization of Everyday LifePharmaceuticalization of Everyday Life
- Global HealthGlobal Health
- Participation in seminars
- Short oral presentation (a summary of a scholarly article)
- Take-home written examA student chooses one of a list of questions announced at the last seminar and is expected to produce a written answer of 500-1000 words length. The deadline for submitting an answer is 10 days before the formal date of exam. If the answer is shorter than 500 words the grade for this assignment will be reduced by 2 points.
- Analytical reading - controlled with Perusall (www.perusall.com)Students' comprehension of an assigned reading material is checked through Perusall - for further instruction see perusall.com
- Interim assessment (3 module)0.25 * Analytical reading - controlled with Perusall (www.perusall.com) + 0.25 * Participation in seminars + 0.25 * Short oral presentation (a summary of a scholarly article) + 0.25 * Take-home written exam
- 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
- 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