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UNE unit code: HIST536

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  • 6

Unit information

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The human struggle against death, disease and illness is one that stretches back throughout the millennia. This unit will explore the various ways that people in the past engaged in that struggle and attempted to advance medical knowledge and skills. It will study attempts to combat disease, to defy death, and to understand how our bodies work and respond to illness and injury. Major themes include the impact of adversity on medical practice [eg: plagues, wars], schools of thought surrounding medical practice, attitudes towards mental illness, and links between medical practice and religious and cultural beliefs. Finally, the unit will consider the historical origins of aspects of current medical practice.
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HIST336

Notes

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Unit coordinator(s)

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Nathan WiseAssociate Professor - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the development of medical practice around the world and the impact of these developments on current medical practice;
  2. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the barriers that hindered the advancement of medical practice throughout history;
  3. apply independent research and critical thinking skills and independent judgement, to expertly interpret and assess a variety of historical sources and ask questions about the past;
  4. expertly investigate, interpret, critically analyse, reflect on, and synthesise complex information and concepts about the history of medical practice; and
  5. apply advanced-level judgement, knowledge and skills to explain developments in medical practice in different historical and cultural contexts.

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