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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.

Book chapter
The Stolbovo Treaty and Tracing the Border in Ingria in 1617–1618

Adrian Selin.

In bk.: Sweden, Russia, and the 1617 Peace of Stolbovo. Vol. 14. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2024. 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, 1, 2 module


Малинова Ольга Юрьевна

Малинова Ольга Юрьевна

Course Syllabus


This course surveys the history of medical knowledge and practice from antiquity to the early 21st 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. Data culture level = 0.0.2 (Basic. Data analysis). A separate block of classes will be devoted to the potential of neural networks and generative AI as 1) a key component of modern biomedical innovation and 2) a tool for organizing and conducting research in the field of health humanities.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

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

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss academic literature during a seminar and participate in a group discussion in English
  • Create and deliver a persuasive presentation based on required readings and additional literature
  • Analyze and compare the views of different authors on the same subject
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Medical knowledge and practice from antiquity to the early 20th century
  • Medical knowledge and practice in the 20th and 21st centuries
    Перечень инструментов ИИ: Elicit, Consensus, assistant by scite. Планируемое применение: формулировка исследовательского вопроса, поиск и обработка научной литературы, организация и редактирование текста.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Participation in seminars
  • non-blocking Take-home written examination
    A student chooses one question out of three and produces a written answer (1-2 pages long). Failure to produce an essay that is at least 0,5 page long will result in an additional 1 point penalty. Failure to submit the essay by the agreed-upon deadline will result in an additional 1 point penalty for every day the essay is late.
  • non-blocking A group presentation at the final colloquium
    Usually, the presentation would be graded as a group project for which one grade is issued to all the participants. Time limit for the presentation is set at 20 minutes. Failure to observe the agreed-upon time limit will result in a 1 point penalty.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 2nd module
    0.3 * A group presentation at the final colloquium + 0.3 * Participation in seminars + 0.4 * Take-home written examination


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • A global history of medicine, , 2018
  • 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

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Amelia Bonea, Melissa Dickson, Sally Shuttleworth, & Jennifer Wallis. (2019). Anxious Times : Medicine and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Britain. University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • An introduction to the social history of medicine: Europe since 1500, Waddington, K., 2011
  • Ancient medicine, Nutton, V., 2013
  • Barkan, S. E. (2017). Health, Illness, and Society : An Introduction to Medical Sociology. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  • Faye Getz. (1998). Medicine in the English Middle Ages. Princeton University Press.
  • Laura M. Zucconi. (2019). Ancient Medicine : From Mesopotamia to Rome. Eerdmans.
  • Wear, A. (2000). Knowledge and Practice in English Medicine, 1550–1680. Cambridge University Press.
  • История и философия медицины : научные революции XVII - XIX веков, Степин, В. С., 2017