Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials Introductory seminar + 6 x 2 Hr. seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 X 3,500 WORD ESSAYS  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of relevant themes and approaches in the history of medicine.

Evaluate new trends in the history of medicine.

Understand the use of appropriate evidence in formulating historical arguments regarding medicine and society.

Demonstrate through written work an ability to integrate methodological themes into their own research.

Brief description

The module will focus on six key areas of contemporary and foundational interest in the history of medicine, starting with Michel Foucault's classic account in Birth of the Clinic and moving on to patient/practitioner relationships, gender, public health, hospitals, laboratories and scientific medicine and concluding with an overview of public perceptions of medicine and medical practitioners.


The module is designed as core provision for the MA in History of Medicine. It will introduce students to the key concepts and problems in the current historiography of history of medicine that will provide the basis for further intensive study through option


Introductory Seminar
1. Birth of the Clinic
2. Patients and Practitioners
3. Gender, Sex and Medical Intervention
4. Public Health
5. Medical Spaces
6. Images of Medicine
Individual tutorials for pre-essay preparation and feedback (2hrs)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Through discussion of applicability of statistical data to understanding aspects of the history of medicine.
Communication Through seminar discussion and essay writing. Latter only is formally assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance By guided reflection during seminars and feedback sessions following submission of written work.
Information Technology Through data retrieval exercises for research purposes and word-processing for essay writing purposes.
Personal Development and Career planning Through furthering understanding of the discipline of history of medicine and the opportunities for research that it offers.
Problem solving By understanding how historians of medicine employ a variety of different methodological approaches towards understanding problems within their field.
Research skills By learning how to identify appropriate primary and secondary sources and applying that material to their work.
Subject Specific Skills By enhancing methodological understanding of the history of medicine and an awareness of key texts and approaches.
Team work Through seminar work.


This module is at CQFW Level 7