SHS8127 : The Patient in History

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion911:0091:0050% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30Guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading411:0041:0025% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00Film screening
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision10:300:30Tutorial/surgery time divided between staff supervising assignments
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study421:0042:0025% of guided independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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.

Assessment Methods

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.

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