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Zysiak A., Śmiechowski K., Każmierska K. et al.

Lodz University Press, Jagiellonian University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press, 2018.

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Courts and Court Hierarchy in Novgorod the Great in the Late 16–Early 17th Centuries

Selin A. A., Iablokova I. V.

Canadian-American Slavic Studies. 2020. Vol. 54. No. 4. P. 432-445.

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Climate Change from the Arctic People’s Point of View: Rhythms of Everyday Life, Infrastructures and Landscapes

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In bk.: The Arctic: Current Issues and Challenges. Iss. Arctic region and antarctica issues and research. NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2020. Ch. 2. P. 15-55.

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THE ISSUES OF CULTURAL HIERARCHIES IN EARLY MODERN ETHNOGRAPHY BASED ON THE ACCOUNTS BY PETRUS PETREJUS, PAUL RYCAUT, FYNES MORYSON, AND JOHN DAVIES

Selin A. A., Байгушев С. В., Levin F. et al.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2020. No. 197.

Society and Health in Historical Perspective

2020/2021
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
3
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Type:
Elective course
When:
4 year, 3 module

Instructors

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
  • 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
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.
  • Health, disease and medicine in antiquity and the middle ages
    Health, disease and medicine in antiquity and the middle ages
  • European medicine in the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution. Medicine and the Enlightenment. Population, health and pre-modern state
    European medicine in the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution. Medicine and the Enlightenment. Population, health and pre-modern state
  • Health, medicine and modernity: the making of the medical professions; public health and the political economy of health care in the 19th century
    Health, medicine and modernity: the making of the medical professions; public health and the political economy of health care in the 19th century
  • Scientific medicine in the 19th century
    Scientific medicine in the 19th century
  • Epidemics and the Making of Modern Public Health
    Epidemics and the Making of Modern Public Health
  • Medicine and Twentieth-Century Warfare
    Medicine and Twentieth-Century Warfare
  • Pharmaceuticalization of Everyday Life
    Pharmaceuticalization of Everyday Life
  • Global Health, One Health and the Post-COVID World
    Global Health, One Health and the Post-COVID World
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Participation in seminars
  • non-blocking Short oral presentation (a summary of a scholarly article)
  • non-blocking Take-home written exam
    A 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.
  • non-blocking 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

Interim Assessment

  • 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
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