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SHS8124 : Introduction to the History of Medicine

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aims of this module are:
•To provide students with an overview, at a more advanced level, of the main historical developments in the human responses and understanding of disease.
•To provide students with awareness, at a more advanced level, of the historical, social and cultural embeddedness of medicine through time.
•To introduce students thematically, and at a more advanced level, to the main methodological aspects and problems of the academic study of medical history.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module is taught by way of case-studies illustrating the embeddedness of medicine in historical, social, cultural, religious/magic, legal, ethical, philosophical contexts.
The chosen case-studies will stem from a range of different geographical locations and span a period from Classical Greece to contemporary medicine. They will also include fiction and fine art as important approaches to negotiate medicine.
For a precise syllabus, see the module handbook and the Essential Module Information.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion911:0091:0050% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading421:0042:0025% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Tutorial/surgery time divided between staff supervising assignments
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study421:0042:0025% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The course will be taught in the form of eleven 2- hour sessions during semester 1. It will provide students with an introduction to the history of medicine from antiquity to the twenty first century which is however, not chronological but thematic and which will focus on the historical, social and cultural embeddedness of medicine through time. It will do this by concentrating on the relationship between medicine and other major aspects of human culture and society.

In teaching sessions, each topic will be illustrated by historical case studies chosen from different historical periods. Students will be set preparatory reading. The teaching itself will take the form of lectures followed by seminar discussion, at which students will be expected to have structured input.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1004,000 word essay (including footnotes, excluding bibliography)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will be expected to submit a piece of work of 4000 words. This piece will test their ability to analyse historical documents and to grasp the methodological issues involved in the academic study of the history of medicine.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree unless they have compelling reasons not to do so. If this is the case, they are offered the alternative of writing one 3,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of other students on the module. In order to take up this option, students need to discuss it with the Study Abroad Co-ordinator and their module leader, having checked with their home university that the new assessment will be accepted by them. The Study Abroad Co-ordinator will have the final say on such issues.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will require the provision of an alternative assessment before the end of teaching week 12. The alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 1,500 word essays in addition to the other coursework assessment. The essays should be set so as to assure full coverage of the course content.

Study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

Reading Lists

Timetable