2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
HIST5844M Sexuality and Disease in African History
30 creditsClass Size: 10
Module manager: Dr Shane Doyle
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module will examine the history of sexuality and disease in Africa from the nineteenth century to the present day. It will consider African philosophies of healing, as well as western preconceptions of African epidemiology and sexuality. It will then focus on the impact of colonialism on disease prevalence and treatment, and on patterns of sexual behaviour. Finally, the module will analyse recently emerging diseases in Africa, focusing particularly on HIV and Ebola.
ObjectivesThe objectives of this module are:
1. To explore the history of disease and sexuality in Africa.
2. To analyse the historiographical debates relating to these themes.
3. To understand how changing patterns of disease and sexuality have affected other aspects of African life, and how they have been represented.
4. To critically analyse a range of primary sources, both written and visual, relating to these issues.
5. To formulate sophisticated and nuanced arguments in relation to these issues, in written and verbal form.
6. To further develop generic, transferable and subject specific skills.
On completion of this module, students should:
1. have developed an understanding of the history of disease and sexuality in Africa
2. have a sophisticated knowledge of the relevant historiography, including the most recent developments in the field
3. be able to analyse a range of source materials, from oral histories to medical records
4. be capable of developing coherent arguments, derived from primary and secondary sources.
2. Pre-colonial perceptions of Africa: Disease
3. Pre-colonial perceptions of Africa: Sexuality
4. Conquest and the ecology of disease
5. Early colonial epidemics: Sleeping Sickness
6. Sex and sin: STDs and colonialism
7. Disease and modernity: Malnutrition and TB
8. Sexuality and reproduction
9. HIV/AIDS: Origins
10. HIV/AIDS: Responses
11. Emerging diseases: Ebola
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||278.00|
|Total Contact hours||22.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Private studyStudents will read extensively each week in order to prepare for class discussion. They will also have to prepare for two oral presentations and two essays.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackThrough ensuring all students participate in class discussion, by evaluating performance in oral presentations, by assessment of essay scripts.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||1 x 2,000 word essay due by 12 noon Monday of teaching week 7||30.00|
|Essay||1 x 4,000 word essay due by 12 noon Monday of examination week 1||60.00|
|Presentation||Verbal presentation, format to be determined by tutor||10.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2018
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