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MSci Biochemistry / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Bodies in History: An introduction to the History of Medicine
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
Bodies in History provides an introduction to medicine in Western culture from the ancient Greeks to the present. You will learn about the themes explored by historians of medicine including: class, race, gender and national identity. Areas of study include Renaissance Anatomy and Eugenics.
To provide an introduction to medicine in Western culture. To show how, through a focus on bodies (human and social), historians of medicine address themes such as class, race, gender, national identity, economic life and cultural production, and how scientific and medical theories and practices can be understood as part of wider histories.
By the end of this unit, students will have acquired a knowledge of the outlines of history of Western medicine; skills in linking 'body histories' to wider contexts; critical abilities in analysing historical arguments; experience of presenting historical arguments in written seminar responses; and experience of presenting oral arguments in seminar discussions. This unit can also be taken as a 20 credit version (HSTM10772).
2 hour examination (50%); practical assessment (50%)
Students may ask questions at any time during lectures and seminars. Teaching staff can usually answer specific queries by email or 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.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Practical classes & workshops||16.5|
|Independent study hours|
|Ian Burney||Unit coordinator|