BSc Mathematics with Financial Mathematics / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
From Cholera to COVID-19: A Global History of Epidemics
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Centre for History of Science, Technology & Medicine (L5)|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
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This unit can also be taken as a 20 credit version (UCIL 20081).
On completion of the unit students will be able to:
- Discuss the complex historical relations between epidemic disease outbreaks and their cultural, social and political context
- Describe the experiences of populations and communities living with epidemics under diverse environmental, social and economic conditions
- Analyse the history of epidemics within a global context of movements of people, ideas and commerce
- Deliver – orally and in writing – well-argued and evidence-based summaries of course readings
In addition, for 20 credits:
- Prepare a well-structured written review, integrating social, economic, political, historical and medical contexts and arguments
Teaching and learning methods
11 x 2 hour lectures/seminars
Knowledge and understanding
Verbal communication skills are developed in seminars and writing skills in assignments; preparing for seminars and essays uses qualitative research skills and answering questions; initiative is developed through the learning demands of the course; the course requires organisation skills to meet deadlines and to coordinate the different learning resources used; seminars require working as part of group, adapting to different demands and negotiating with other students.
- Analytical skills
- Students critically examine case studies using primary and secondary literature and analyse the topics covered using both quantitative and qualitative materials
- Students have the opportunity to be innovative in terms of how they address their essay topic
- Oral communication
- Students encouraged to take part in discussion of the lecture material during seminar sessions
- Research required for essay and project
|Written assignment (inc essay)||50%|
Students may ask questions at any time during lectures and seminars. Teaching staff will answer specific queries by email and during office hours, and will provide contact details in the course handbook or at lectures. All submitted coursework will be returned with annotations and an assessment sheet explaining the mark awarded.
- Hamlin, Christopher, Cholera: The Biography, Oxford 2009 (compulsory)
- Farmer, Paul, Infections and Inequalities. The Modern Plagues, London 1999 (background)
- Chakrabarti, Pratik, Medicine and Empire: 1600-1960, Palgrave, 2014
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Pratik Chakrabarti||Unit coordinator|