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MMHU6906 - Bodies on Display:Medicine, Museums, Art
Faculty of Medicine (Sydney Medical School) - 6 credit points
HECS Band three
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Medicine
Offered session(s): 1
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Claire Hooker

Classes: 2 lectures + 1 tutorial per week for 13 weeks

Assessment: 1x3000 wd essay (40%), 1x1500 wd essay (30%) and participation and report (30%)

This single semester unit of study examines how the body has been represented in the convergent spaces of medicine and art. The unit focus is on medical museums, with a component of fieldwork and interaction with museums on and nearby the University campus - the Wilson anatomy museum, the pathology museum, the Shellshear Museum (anthropological material), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Museum, The Macleay Museum and the Pathology museum at the University of NSW. In this course students will consider how and why the human body has been displayed and represented as an object of knowledge, art, and entertainment, through class sessions that consider the history of medical museums, the ethics of museum displays, and the relationship between museums and other forms of scientific and artistic display of the body in medical atlases, medical photography and in the work of artists who utilise medical museums. Later in the course some comparisons will be made with more recent forms of display and artistry around the medicalised body, such as the Visible Man project and Gunter von Huygens' plastination displays. While the focus of the course will be centred on representations of the body, students will also be encouraged to consider, compare and critique the ways in which museums present stories about medicine.
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