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Modules

SHS8127 : The Patient in History

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to deepen students’ understanding of history of medicine by examining the figure
of the patient. Seminars will introduce students to the varied ways the ‘patient’ or sufferers of disease have been perceived over different periods in history. Students will be exposed to different sources and methods used to recover the patient’s perspective. This module aims to deepen the methodological and historiographical skills of students in analysing diverse primary sources to
prepare them for their dissertation.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics may include:
The disabled patient
The contested patient
The anonymous patient
The fictitious patient
The 'mad' patient
The fashionable patient
The contagious patient

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion731:0073:0050% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading451:0045:0025% of guided independent study
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities82:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Introduction to module
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00Seminars delivered online and in person sessions. Dependent on availability of staff for PinP
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion13:003:00via virtual discussion board.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study451:0045:0025% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

An introductory session will provide orientation and allow students to meet staff teaching on the module. Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and
adaptability. They encourage students to share ideas and information and develop a sense of common identity as
historians before they undertake individual and more specialised advanced research projects. A drop in session
will allow students to discuss their assignment.

Structured learning activities dovetail with the seminars, encouraging students to investigate critically primary
source materials relating to the seminar topic. A virtual discussion board, moderated by the module leader, will
enable students to raise questions about the module’s content and organisation.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

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

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

This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam -
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only -
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only -
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange 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.

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