Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
HY37320
Module Title
The Rise of Modern Medicine, c.1750-2000
Academic Year
2019/2020
Co-ordinator
Semester
Intended for use in future years
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 1 - 1 x 2,500 word essay  50%
Semester Assessment Essay 2 - 1 x 2,500 word essay  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 1 - 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 2 - 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a systematic and detailed understanding of modern developments in medicine and health services in Europe and north America;
2. Demonstrate a systematic and detailed understanding of the social, economic and political contexts of developments in medicine and medical services;
3. Critically evaluate the impact of scientific medicine on the lives of individuals in the past.
4. Utilise primary sources to gain insights into the complexities of the provision of medical care in the past.

Aims

The module offers students a broad overview of the history of medicine in the western world and, as such, complements existing provision in the modern period and in the geographical coverage of Britain, Europe and north America in the department. This re-structured version of the module replaces the previous iteration of the module (HY37530) that taught second- and third-year students together, as was the practice in the department until recently, and changes the assessment regime to correspond with the generic assessments for third-year option modules.

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 examines 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 is situated in the context of the modern rise of nation-states and the processes of industrialisation and urbanisation.

Content

Lectures:
1. Introduction.
2. The ‘Medical Marketplace’ in the Eighteenth Century.
3. The Development of Scientific Medicine.
4. Hospitals in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.
5. Professionalisation and Specialisation.
6. The Development of Surgery in the Nineteenth Century.
7. ‘Alternative’ Systems of Medicine in the Nineteenth Century.
8. ‘Satanic Mills’: Industrialisation, Urbanisation and Public Health.
9. Madness and Society.
10. Women in Medicine.
11. Women and Medicine.
12. Imperialism and the Spread of Western Medicine.
13. Eugenic Science and Medicine in the Twentieth Century.
14. Scientific Medicine in the Twentieth Century.
15. Medicine and War.
16. Medicine and the State I: Health Insurance.
17. Medicine and the State II: The National Health Service.
18. The Triumph of Western Medicine since the Second World War.
Seminars:
1. Medicine in the Eighteenth Century
2. Madness and Society
3. Medicalisation and the Opposition to Scientific Medicine
4. War and Medicine
5. Doctor-Patient relations
6. Medicine and the State

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Written communication skills will be developed through the coursework; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars but are not formally assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be advised on how to improve research and communication skills through the individual tutorial providing feedback on submitted coursework.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be expected to word-process their work and make use of Blackboard. These skills will not be formally assessed.
Personal Development and Career planning ​Students will develop a range of transferable skills, including time management and communication skills, which may help them identify their personal strengths as they consider potential career paths.
Problem solving Students are expected to note and respond to historical problems which arise as part of the study of this subject area and to undertake suitable research for seminars and essays.
Research skills Students will develop their research skills by reading a range of texts and evaluating their usefulness in preparation for the coursework.
Subject Specific Skills N/A
Team work Students will be expected to play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars) and to learn to evaluate their own contribution to such activities.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6