HIST536 Blood and Guts: The History of Medical Practice

Updated: 15 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST336
Notes None
Combined Units HIST336 - Blood and Guts: The History of Medical Practice
Coordinator(s) Nathan Wise (nwise@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 an advanced understanding of the development of medical practice around the world and the impact of these developments on current medical practice;
  2. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the barriers that hindered the advancement of medical practice throughout history;
  3. apply independent research and critical thinking skills and independent judgement, to expertly interpret and assess a variety of historical sources and ask questions about the past;
  4. expertly investigate, interpret, critically analyse, reflect on, and synthesise complex information and concepts about the history of medical practice; and
  5. apply advanced-level judgement, knowledge and skills to explain developments in medical practice in different historical and cultural contexts.