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Undergraduate Course: Medicine in Literature 2: Medical Ethics in Literature (ENLI10354)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course allows students to examine the ways in which discourses of embodiment and ethical positions change according to shifting political, social, and cultural contexts. It aims to develop the students' understanding of the representation of medical ethics from the nineteenth century to the present day, the relationship between this development and other theoretical discourses of embodiment, the ethical dilemmas encountered by doctors and medical professionals, and the portrayal of illness and abnormality in literature.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students admitted to the intercalated BMedSci are also eligible to take this course.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  15
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information 1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s): attendance at autonomous learning group at time to be arranged.
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
In addition to the skills training common to all English Literature Honours courses (essay-writing, independent reading, group discussion, oral presentation, small-group autonomous learning) this course will introduce students to a wide range of medical ethical issues as these have been represented and debated in literary texts from the nineteenth century to the present day.
Assessment Information
One 2,500 word coursework essay (25%).
Final assessment will consist of an examination essay of 3,000 words for both intercalated BA students and English Literature students (75%).
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. The Doctor's Role: Albert Camus, The Plague (1947); Arthur Conan Doyle, Round the Red Lamp (1894)
2. Science and Monstrosity: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
3. The Human and the Animal: H.G. Wells, The Island of Dr Moreau (1896); extract from Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man (1871)
4. Patient Politics: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Cancer Ward (1967); Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, A Dialogue on Love (1999)
5. The experience of illness: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis (1915); Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886)
6. The Moral Machine: Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1962);
7. Gendered Bodies: Jackie Kay, Trumpet (1998); extract from Judith Halberstam, Female Masculinity (1998)
9. (Ab)normality: China Mièville, The Scar (2002); ¿M.R. James and the Quantum Vampire - Weird; Hauntological: Versus and/or and and/or or?¿ (2008)
10. Posthumanism: Bodily Modification Jeanette Winterson, The Stone Gods (2008); Stellarc, ¿An Ear on My Arm¿ (2005); extract from Donna Haraway, Modest Witness @ Second Millennium (1997)
11. Posthumanism: Cloning Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let me Go (2005)
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Howard Brody, Stories of Sickness (2003)
A. F. Kleinman, The Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing, and the Human Condition (1988)
Rita Charon, Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness (2006)
Robert Kastenbaum, The Psychology of Death (1992)
Yasmin Gunaratnam and David Oliviere, Narrative and Stories in Health Care: Illness, Dying, and Bereavement (2009)
Lucy Bending, The Representation of Bodily Pain in Late Nineteenth-Century English Culture (2000)
Michel Foucault, The Birth of the Clinic: An Archaeology of Medical Perception (1963)
Mary K. Deshazer, Fractured Borders: Reading Women's Cancer Literature (2005)
Arthur Frank, At the Will of the Body (1991)
Gillian Beer, Darwin's Plots (1983)
James J. Sheehan and Morton Sosna (eds), The Boundaries of Humanity: Humans, Animals, Machines (1991)
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus (1980)
Rosi Braidotti, Transpositions (2006)
Cary Wolfe, What is Posthumanism? (2009)
Donna Haraway, Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (1991)
N. Katherine Hayles, How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics (1999)
Neil Badmington (ed.), Posthumanism (2000)
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMiss Claire Mckechnie
Course secretaryMrs Anne Mason
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618
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