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SHS8128 : Diseases in History

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to deepen students’ understanding of history of medicine by examining how
diseases have been socially and historically constructed. Seminars will introduce students in the
varied ways the various in which diseases have been perceived over different periods in history, how
epidemic and endemic diseases have shaped societies across the world. In addition, students from
medical humanities and history will be exposed to different sources and methods used to study
diseases, whether infectious, chronic, ‘fashionable’, or epidemic. This module aims to deepen the
methodological and historiographical skills of students in analysing diverse primary sources.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics may include:
Approaches to the History of Disease
Cholera
Consumption/Tuberculosis
Epilepsy
Fashionable/Unfashionable Diseases
Gout
Insanity
Mortality
Nervous Diseases and Neurasthenia
Plague
Smallpox
Typhus
Venereal Disease
Yellow Fever

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 completion821:0082:0050% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading411:0041:0025% of guided independent study
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Seminar - Introduction to module - PinP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:004 seminars delivered online and 4 in PinP sessions. Dependent on availability of staff for PinP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Essay supervision & feedback (1-2-1 drop-in meetings with supervisees given online via Zoom/Teams)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study411:0041:0025% of guided independent study
Total200:00
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

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
Essay2M1004,000 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.

Reading Lists

Timetable