Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Mutually Exclusive

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 1 hour
Lecture 18 x 1 hour


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 x essays of 2,500 words  40%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   60%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Describe and evaluate modern developments in medicine and health services in Europe and north America;
2. Critically consider the social, economic and political contexts of developments in medicine and medical services;
3. Evaluate the impact of scientific medicine on the lives of individuals in the past;
4. Analyse primary historical sources in a critical and intelligent manner;
5. Articulate arguments by written and oral means with an awareness of the contemporary and historiographical controversies involved.

Brief description

This course offers an introduction to the political, social and intellectual aspects of medicine and health-care as they developed in western Europe and America in the modern period. It will examine how `orthodox? practitioners utilised Enlightenment notions of reason, rationality and scientific truth in their battle with rival systems of medicine and successfully attained official recognition and political and social pre-eminence. This development of the medical profession and medical knowledge will be situated in the context of the modern rise of nation-states and the processes of industrialisation and urbanisation.


This module is at CQFW Level 6