School of History

HST5406 – Medicine from the Renaissance to Pharmageddon

Module code: HST5406

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 1

Module Convenor: Dr Andrew Mendelsohn

This module is an introduction to the spectacular rise of medicine in the West over the past five centuries.  It looks beyond the history of the medical profession to explore the emergence of research and innovation, politics and legislation, production and consumption for health.  Influential concepts such as medicalization, biopolitics, and the medical market will be examined critically.  Changing knowledge of and intervention in health, environment, and society will be related to historical themes and periods, such as the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the public sphere, the rise of the modern state, industrial and consumer society, globalization, the welfare state, and demographic change.

Assessment: Seminar Participation [10%], Essay 1 (1,500 words) [40%] and Essay 2 (2,000 words) [50%]
Level: 5