Undergraduate Course: Topics in the History of Modern Science and Medicine (STIS10015)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course invites students to engage with topics of current scholarly importance in the modern history of science and medicine while developing research and analysis skills in these fields. Students will interrogate recent scholarship, consider canonical and emerging methodologies, examine historiographical controversies, and explore disciplinary borderlands as an induction into honours-level study in the history of science and medicine.
The modern histories of science and medicine have a distinctive scholarly tradition with a rich body of methods and debates borne of the subject's interdisciplinary origins and interest. This honours level course invites students to develop a critical understanding and capacity for analysis in these fields and to examine important topics in current research.
Students will encounter and practice canonical and emerging methods, frameworks, and debates in the history of science and medicine. They will work collaboratively to engage and contextualize the current literature and will develop skills in the historical analysis of modern science and medicine. The course's content will be relevant to a range of degree subjects and learning goals and will connect to contemporary questions about science and medicine in society. Class discussions and directed learning will bring students to the forefront of current scholarship, equipping them to consider open questions and unresolved challenges in the field.
The course is discussion based with an expectation of regular independent reading as preparation for collaborative exploration.
2022-23 Topic: This year¿s topic is the history of quantification and statistics in modern science and medicine. The topic has been a recurring focus of some of the most exciting and transformative scholarship in the history of science and medicine, including a variety of recent works that we will engage alongside major earlier contributions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| History of Science and History of Western Medicine are recommended as pre-honours preparation but these are not a requirement.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Portfolio Assessment (100%) consisting of student work up to a maximum of 5000 words, with a self-assessment that does not count toward the word total. Portfolio elements can include an essay, report, book review, project, or other approach with guidance from the course organiser. The portfolio will demonstrate that the student has met the learning outcomes through course activities combining broad engagement with in-depth examination of specific themes or methods, deriving from the questions and methods developed in course discussions and readings. The self-assessment will evaluate the student's learning in relation to their personal goals and the course learning outcomes, and students will build toward the self-assessment with discussions of goals and learning approaches at the start and middle of the course.
||Formative feedback on draft portfolio components and a mid-course self-evaluation is provided to all students at the mid-course mark, with additional opportunities to discuss portfolio ideas and research offered to students in the second half of the semester.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain and evaluate current issues in the historiography of science and medicine.
- Identify and critically examine major themes in modern science and medicine.
- Discuss and contextualize current literature in the history of science and medicine.
- Collaboratively engage peers in historical inquiry using methods and frameworks from the historiography of science and medicine.
|These will vary annually with the topic.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The course encourages curiosity for learning (encountering the history of science and medicine as a living field of inquiry), including local and global engagement (reflected in the sources and methods studied), creative and collaborative research (in discussion-based examination of the history of science and medicine), critical and reflective thinking (in engagement with current interpretive debates and methodologies), and skilled communication (practised in group discussion and written assessment). It promotes a veritable cornucopia of graduate attributes.
|Course organiser||Dr Lukas Engelmann
Tel: (0131 6)50 6367
|Course secretary||Ms Alison Lazda
Tel: (0131 6)51 5572