HIST336 Blood and Guts: The History of Medical Practice

Updated: 18 December 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp in ANCH or HINQ or HIST or RELS or any 24cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST536
Notes None
Combined Units HIST536 - Blood and Guts: The History of Medical Practice
Coordinator(s) Vanessa Bible (vbible3@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

The human struggle against death, disease and illness is one that stretches back throughout the millennia. This unit will explore the various ways that people in the past engaged in that struggle and attempted to advance medical knowledge and skills. It will study attempts to combat disease, to defy death, and to understand how our bodies work and respond to illness and injury. Major themes include the impact of adversity on medical practice [eg: plagues, wars], schools of thought surrounding medical practice, attitudes towards mental illness, and links between medical practice and religious and cultural beliefs. Finally, the unit will consider the historical origins of aspects of current medical practice.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad knowledge of the development of medical practice around the world and the impact of these developments on current medical practice;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the barriers that hindered the advancement of medical practice throughout history;
  3. apply critical thinking skills and independent judgement to interpret and assess a variety of historical sources and ask questions about the past;
  4. write a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas about the history of medical practice, applying skilful writing techniques and an understanding of accepted documentation practices; and
  5. apply well developed judgement, knowledge and skills to explain developments in medical practice in different historical and cultural contexts.