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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Medicine and Society in Modern Britain (Online) (PGHC11587)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will introduce students to key debates and approaches in the social history of medicine. We will explore the factors and values that have shaped medical thinking and practice in post-1750 Britain, the evolving relationship between healthcare providers and patients, and how illness and healthcare have been experienced.
Course description This course will introduce students to key debates and approaches in the social history of medicine, through in-depth analysis of this vibrant sub-discipline's scholarship in conjunction with a rich range of primary source materials. We will explore the forces -- social, scientific and political -- that have shaped medical thinking and practice in post-1750 Britain, the changing nature and status of the medical profession, and their evolving relationship with patients. We will consider how both illness and healthcare have been experienced, and the methodological complexity of accessing these experiences.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Medicine and Society in Modern Britain (PGHC11347)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  10
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
4,000 word essay (80%)

Non-Written Skills:
Participation on discussion forum: one reading response and one reply to another post per week (20%)
Feedback All students will be requested to submit an essay plan for formative feedback in advance of the submission deadline.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. critically evaluate scholarship and primary source materials relating to the history of health and healthcare in modern Britain
  2. formulate appropriate questions, and develop and sustain scholarly arguments in response, utilising relevant evidence
  3. engage constructively with other students through discussion forum participation
Reading List
Claire Brock, 'Women in Surgery: Patients and Practitioners', in Thomas Schlich (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of the History of Surgery (2018)

Erica Charters and Richard A. McKay, 'The History of Science and Medicine in the Context of COVID-19', Centaurus, 62:2 (2020), 223-33

Flurin Condrau, 'The Patient's View Meets the Clinical Gaze', Social History of Medicine, 20:3 (2007), 525-40

Gayle Davis and Tracey Loughran (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History: Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives (2017)

Anne Digby, 'Women's Biological Straitjacket', in Susan Mendus and Jane Rendall (eds), Sexuality and Subordination: Interdisciplinary Studies of Gender in the Nineteenth Century (1989), 192-220

Mark Jackson (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine (2011)

Mark Jackson (ed.), The Routledge History of Disease (2016)

N.D. Jewson, 'The Disappearance of the Sick-Man from Medical Cosmology, 1770-1870', Sociology, 10:2 (1976), 225-44

Alex Mold, 'Patient Groups and the Construction of the Patient-Consumer in Britain: An Historical Overview', Journal of Social Policy, 39:4 (2010), 505-21

Jane O'Neill, '"Abortion Games": The Negotiation of Termination Decisions in Post-1967 Britain', History, 104 (2019), 169-88

Charles E. Rosenberg, Explaining Epidemics and Other Studies in the History of Medicine (1992)

Steve Sturdy, 'Looking for Trouble: Medical Science and Clinical Practice in the Historiography of Modern Medicine', Social History of Medicine, 24:3 (2011), 739-57
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Assimilate, process and communicate a wide range of information from a variety of sources.

Process and critically assess information derived from historical research, utilising theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills specific to the subject area.

Analyse and critically evaluate ideas, evidence and experiences.

Master practical skills in accessing and interpreting historical sources.

Provide clear written and oral analyses based on historical information.

Construct and pursue a coherent and well evidenced argument.
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