United Kingdom, London

History of Medicine

when 18 July 2016 - 5 August 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
fee GBP 1590

Health and disease have shaped individuals and societies throughout history and this module investigates how concepts of health and disease, and people's responses to illness, have developed since the Renaissance. Addressing core issues of medicine through the ages, it invites you to reflect on changing images of the body, the emergence of the medical profession and its relationship with patients, and the role of medicine in society - from issues of public health in Europe and the colonies, to medicine and war.
An intense introduction to the history of medicine and an opportunity to intensify your engagement with medicine in society, this module offers knowledge of key themes in medical history, helping you make connections between medicine and its wider social relations while developing crucial analytical skills.
Not only that, you will also have the opportunity to explore a wide range of world-leading medical and scientific libraries and collections, visiting institutions such as the Science Museum, the Florence Nightingale Museum, the Wellcome Collection, and the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons. On this module, you’ll study the rich collections of historical images, objects and sites available in London and experience the city from a whole new perspective.

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Target group

This module may be of interest to a wide range of students: students in the arts and humanities interested in the role of health and illness for individual experience and culture; students in the social sciences interested in the role of medicine in society; and students of medicine interested in the emergence of their profession.
Level five is usually set at the equivalent of second year undergraduate so there may be an expectation of the students’ knowledge and skills in the particular area of study. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure they meet these expectations for any level 5 courses offered as part of the Summer School.

Course aim

This module provides an introduction to the history of medicine and health from the renaissance to the present. It will enable you to:
- Acquire knowledge of key themes in medical history;
- Make connections between medicine and its wider social relations;
- Develop the analytical skills to engage with a diverse range of historical texts, objects and sites.
We will visit a range of libraries, museums and collections in London – these may include the Science Museum, the Wellcome Library and Wellcome Collection, the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons and the Florence Nightingale Museum. Where possible, curators will introduce their collections.

Credits info

Many of our students get credit for the summer modules taken at King’s. You should approach your home university before applying as it is up to them to apply the credit to your degree programme. We would recommend a three week module would be equivalent to 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.

Fee info

GBP 1590: Tuition fee only