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190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel, Room 123

Phone:+7 (812)786-92-49 

Postal address: 
190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel

Department Head Adrian A. Selin
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Remembering the Neoliberal Turn: Economic Change and Collective Memory in Eastern Europe after 1989

Gökarıksel S., Gontarska O., Hilmar T. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Revolution and Political Violence in Central Europe. The Deluge of 1919

Gužvica S.

Europe-Asia Studies. 2023. Vol. 75. No. 8. P. 1419-1421.

Book chapter
The Stolbovo Treaty and Tracing the Bordere in 1617-1618

Selin A. A.

In bk.: Sweden, Russia, and the 1617 Peace of Stolbovo. Vol. 14. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2023. P. 99-118.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

Society and Health in Historical Perspective

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Elective course
4 year, 3 module


Course Syllabus


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
  • Students will be able to discuss academic literature during a seminar and participate in a group discussion in English
  • 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 from a historical perspective. The practitioners' perspective and critical social history of medicine.
  • Health and disease in antiquity
    Paleopathology and paleomedicine. Medicine in Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. Medicine and health in the Graeco-Roman world.
  • Health, illness and disease in the middle ages: Europe and the Islamic world.
    Health, illness and disease in the middle ages: Europe and the Islamic world.
  • Medicine and the Enlightenment.
    Medicine and the Enlightenment.
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


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