Medicine and Society

2019-2020

Course Objective

Engagement with medical-historical core issues and new approaches to the
medical and health humanities more broadly. Develops students’ ability
to design and conduct interdisciplinary research in an independent
research project of their own choosing, to critically evaluate existing
historical scholarship in the field, and to consider the impact of
emerging trends on our interpretation of the past.

Course Content

Medical theories and practices reflect the society in which they were
formed as well as reshaping the world around them. In this seminar, this
dynamic relationship between medicine, science and society is examined
through a focus on the most innovative and exciting new approaches
emerging in current research. An international group of professors and
scholars from universities and institutions around the country are
invited as guest lecturers to discuss core themes in the history of
medicine and their own work, focusing on the implications of their
projects for understanding the history of health and medicine as well as
contemporary issues. How does our interpretation of the history of
medicine shift when we combine the different perspectives of healthcare
practitioners and patients, for example? What can we learn when we
examine local public health issues in broader global contexts, from
international drug trades and the treatment of addiction to emerging
infectious diseases and public health surveillance and quarantine?

Teaching Methods

Weekly lectures and seminars.

Method of Assessment

Participation in the discussion / weekly assignments, paper and
presentation on the basis of individual research.

Entry Requirements

This course is open to students who have passed the required
introductory course, Introduction of Medical and Health Humanities.

Literature

Will be announced later.

Target Audience

MA and MSc students of art, history, media studies, museum studies and
other humanities programmes, as well as social science, medicine,
biomedical and health sciences, and other medical programmes. Exchange
students with a comparable amount of knowledge and experience.

Additional Information

This course is part of the specialist Master Track in Medical and Health
Humanities. Students who wish to complete the full track are also
required to take the course Introduction to Medical and Health
Humanities and Knowing by Sensing (Block 4) and Objects of Knowledge
(Block 5). It is also possible to take just one, two, or three courses.

https://masters.vu.nl/en/programmes/history-medical-and-health-humanitie

General Information

Course Code L_GAMAGES035
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. A.C. Flipse
Examiner dr. A.C. Flipse
Teaching Staff dr. A.C. Flipse

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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