Health and Medicine in Modern Britain (HISM205)
|Pre-requisites||Those of entry to the MA programme|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
The aim of this module is to study the changing features of disease, health, and medical care from the mid-nineteenth century through to the late twentieth century. The first half of the course will explore major themes within the history of modern medicine: the `epidemiological transition' from acute infectious to chronic degenerative diseases; the emergence of the modern medical profession; the creation of the NHS; and the relationship between war and medicine. The second half of the course will then focus on specific topics (such as disability, human experimentation, allergy, abortion, transplantation, and others) in order to analyse the politics and practice of medicine in the modern world. In addition to introducing students to the main developments in modern health care, this module also examines a wide variety of sources and explores central methodological issues relating to researching and writing the history of medicine.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Detailed knowledge of the development of modern medicine, together with an awareness of critical historiographical issues within medical history.
- 2. An understanding of how medical knowledge and practice have been shaped by political, socio-economic, and cultural factors.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Ability to analyse and evaluate a range of historical materials
- 4. Capacity to read critically and to present arguments persuasively
- 5. An understanding of the ways in which knowledge is constructed
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Independent study and group work, including the presentation of historical arguments
- 7. Ability to analyse, summarise, and organise material to produce a coherent and cogent argument, within specific deadlines.
Week 1 Introduction Week 2 Approaches to the history of medicine Week 3 Patterns of disease I Week 4 Patterns of disease II Week 5 The modern medical profession I Week 6 The modern medical profession II Essay 1 due Week 7 War and medicine Week 8 The rise and fall of asylums Week 9 Infant and maternal welfare Week 10 Contemporary history and modern health policies Essay 2 due Week 11 Conclusion and dissertations and funding discussion
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||22||seminar|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||38||3000 words||1-7||oral and written|
|Essay||62||5000 words||1-7||oral and written|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Charles Webster (ed.), Caring for Health: History and Diversity, (Open University Press, 1993).
W. F. Bynum and Roy Porter (eds.), Companion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine, (Routledge, 1993).
Helen Jones, Health and Society in Twentieth-Century Britain, (London, 1994).
Rudolph Klein, The Politics of the NHS, (Longman, 1989).
Roger Cooter, Mark Harrison, and Steve Sturdy (eds.), War, Medicine and Modernity, (Stroud, 1999).
Mark Jackson, The Borderland of Imbecility: Medicine, Society and the Fabrication of the Feeble Mind in Late Victorian and Edwardian England, (Manchester, 2000).
Rosemary Stevens, Medical Practice in Modern England, (Yale, 1966).
Barbara Brookes, Abortion in England, 1900-67, (London, 1988).
Elizabeth Fee and Daniel M. Fox (eds.), AIDS: The Burdens of History, (Berkeley, 1988).
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