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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HPSC3312 History of the Body 2

20 creditsClass Size: 100

In light of the effect of COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions on students' learning experiences, the School of PRHS have made the decision to modify assessment in Semester 2 modules in the 2020-21 academic year. Changes may involve reducing the number of assessment points (e.g. assessing one essay rather than two) or reducing word counts where it is possible to do so whilst protecting the integrity of the module's Learning Outcomes. Information on any changes to assessment is available to enrolled students in the Minerva module area, and can also be sought from the module leader or the PRHS SES team.

Module manager: Dr Adrian Wilson
Email: A.F.Wilson@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

Between about 1720 and 1820 Western medicine witnessed the most dramatic transformation in its history. In the early eighteenth century the gap between anatomy and illness was almost as wide as it had been in the time of Galen, some 1500 years earlier, yet by 1820 that gap had at long last been decisively bridged. In the Paris clinic that arose in the wake of the French Revolution, the newly-invented stethoscope enabled the doctor, for the first time, to "see" the living patient in anatomical terms. Such is the theme of this module, which is taught largely from primary sources.The course comprises 10 lectures and 10 tutorials; there is a writing week in Week 6. Assessment is by two 2,000-word essays, due in Week 6 and at the beginning of the exam period. The first essay is returned with comments and a provisional mark in about Week 10. There are no pre-requisites; the course is suitable both for HPS students and for students in other disciplines, and indeed it has been taken in the past by students from many different departments in both the arts and the sciences. (Although the course follows on from HPSC 2301 History of the Body 1, it is not necessary to have taken that module first.) For more details contact Adrian Wilson

Objectives

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

1. Relate interpretations of the body to the relations of authority between doctor and patient and to the instituational settings of medical practice;
2. Distinguish the rival interpretations of the body which have characterised Western medicine in its historical development;
3. Grasp and articulate the transformation of Western medicine from the Renaissance to the birth of modern medicine;
4. Interpret primary sources relevant to the history of medicine;
5. Critically assess the relevant historiography.

Syllabus

Between about 1720 and 1820 western medicine witnessed the most dramatic transformation in its history. In the early eighteenth century the gap between anatomy and illness was almost as wide as it had been in the time of Galen, some 1500 years earlier, yet by 1820 that gap had at long last been decisively bridged. In the Paris clinic that arose in the wake of the French Revolution, the newly-invented stethoscope enabled the doctor for the first time, to "see" the living patient in anatomical terms. Such is the the theme of this module, which is taught largely from primary sources.

There are no pre-requisites; this course is suitable both for HPS students and for students in other disciplines both arts and sciences.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture101.0010.00
Tutorial101.0010.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

2 x 2,000 word essays

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 words50.00
Essay2,000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/03/2010

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