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MMHU6913 - Health in World History
Faculty of Medicine (Sydney Medical School) - 6 credit points
HECS Band one
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Centre for Value, Ethics and Law in Medicine
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alex Cameron-Smith

Classes: 1x 2 hr seminar weekly or online response to readings

Assessment: 2x 2500 word essay (100%)

This unit of study offers the student an overview of the history of health, both as a changing concept in medicine and society and as evolving practices of public health. The unit traces the main historical developments in public health and medicine from ancient and modern preoccupations with geography and climate, through the development of hospitals, the effects of imperialism and globalisation, and the involvement of states and international organisations in health. It will examine the influence of scientific and laboratory revolutions between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries, before considering medicalisation and social discourses of health in the twentieth century. In addition to the history of ideas, this unit will focus on health practices and patient experiences as they interacted with changes in medical knowledge and broader society. Students will thus learn to examine the history of health within political, economic and cultural contexts, including those of class, religion, race and gender.
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