Critical Approaches to Medical Humanities (HISM017)
|Staff||Dr Felicity Thomas - Convenor|
Dr Luna Dolezal - Lecturer
Dr Dora Vargha - Lecturer
Dr Rebecca Williams - Lecturer
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
This module is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the main themes and approaches in the interdisciplinary study of medical humanities. It will enable students to think critically about key methods and techniques used by humanities and social science researchers to analyse and interpret issues of health, medicine and disease in their historical and cultural contexts. It will give students the skills necessary to review scholarly books and articles in medical humanities, and to produce critical writing assessing key themes, approaches and methods. Students will have the opportunity to consider the differences between medical humanities and medical science, and whether medical humanities scholarship can make a contribution to health care.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Understand and evaluate the main themes and approaches in the study of medical humanities.
- 2. Possess detailed knowledge of the key historiographical and theoretical debates informing the study of medical humanities.
- 3. Assess critically the role of primary sources in informing the study of medical humanities.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Demonstrate the ability to analyse and synthesise different types of historical material and evidence.
- 5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of key historical concepts and debates, and recognise the differences between different approaches and source types.
- 6. Develop practical research skills in the primary and secondary evidence.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Demonstrate capacity for independent critical research, study and thought, including developing the ability to construct and defend a sustained argument, both in written form and orally, using primary and secondary materials.
- 8. Work as an individual and with a tutor and peers in an independent, constructive and responsive way.
- 9. Apply key bibliographical skills to independent study.
Each seminar will explore some of the various approaches humanities scholars have taken to a specific medical topic. These topics will vary each year depending on staff expertise and student choice. Over the course of one term, potential approaches explored in seminars include:
Ethnography and oral history
Sociology of Scientific Knowledge (SSK)
Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Literature and Medicine
Art and art history
Visual and material culture
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||11 x 2 hour seminars|
|Guided independent study||278||Independent study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay Plan||2-sides A4 maximum||1-9||Verbal and written feedback|
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|
|Book Review||33.3||2,000 words||1-9||Written and verbal feedback|
|Essay||66.7||4,000 words||1-9||Written and verbal feedback|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Book Review||Book Review||1-9||Referral/deferral period|
The re-assessment consists of a 1,000 book review and 4,000 word essay as in the original assessment.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Victoria Bates, Alan Bleakley and Sam Goodman (eds), Medicine, Health and the Arts: Approaches to the Medical Humanities (London, Routledge, 2012)
M. Evans, R. Ahlzen, I Heath, I & J. Macnaughton, Medical Humanities Companion Vol. 1: Symptom (Oxford: Radcliffe, 2009)
Rolf Ahlén, Martyn Evans, Pekka Louhiala and Raimo Puustinen (eds.), Medical Humanities Companion Volume Two: Diagnosis (Oxford: Radcliffe, 2008)
Donna Haraway, ‘The Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century,’ in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (New York; Routledge, 1991)
Charles Bosk, What Would You Do? Juggling Bioethics and Ethnography (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008)
Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life (Durham: Duke UP, 2006)
Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, 3 Vols. (1976)
Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (University of Chicago Press, 1962)
Bruno Latour & Steve Woolgar, Laboratory Life: The Construction of Scientific Facts (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1986)
William F. Bynum & Roy Porter (eds), Companion Encyclopedia to the History of Medicine, 2 vols. (London: Routledge, 1993)
Sergio Sismondo, An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004)
James A Secord, ‘Knowledge in transit’, Isis, Vol. 95 (2004), pp. 654-672.
Steven Shapin, ‘History of Science and its Sociological Reconstructions’, History of Science, Vol. 20 (1982), pp. 157-211.
Ludmilla Jordanova, ‘The Social Construction of Medical Knowledge’, Social History of Medicine, Vol. 8 (1995), pp. 361-381
D.M. Fox and C. Lawrence, Photographing Medicine (1988)
Ulf Schmidt & Andreas Frewer, History and Theory of Human Experimentation. The Declaration of Helsinki and Modern Medical Ethics (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2007)
Ana Carden-Coyne, Reconstructing the Body: Classicism and Modernism (OUP Global, 2009)
James Marcum, An Introductory Philosophy of Medicine: Humanizing Modern Medicine (New York: Springer, 2008)
Charles Foster, Choosing Life, Choosing Death: The Tyranny of Autonomy in Medical Ethics and Law (Oxford; Portland: Hart, 2009)
Arthur Klienman, The Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing and the Human Condition (New York: Basic Books, 1988)
Howard Brody, Stories of Sickness (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003)
Havi Carel, Illness: the Art of Living (Durham: Acumen, 2008)
Arthur W. Frank, The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness and Ethics (Chicago: Chicago UP, 1995)
John MacGregor, The Discovery of the Art of the Insane (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1989)
Corrine Saunders, Ulrika Maude and Jane MacNaughton (eds.) The Body and the Arts (Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Wellcome Images: http://wellcomeimages.org/
Wellcome Collection: https://wellcomecollection.org/
Wellcome Library: http://wellcomelibrary.org/
National Library of Medicine (US): https://www.nlm.nih.gov/
The NYU Literature, Arts and Medicine Blog: http://medhum.med.nyu.edu/blog/
The Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database, New York University, School of Medicine: http://litmed.med.nyu.edu
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