Course Listing for History Of Health Sciences

170.02  Don't Kill the Messenger: Physicians and the Lay Audience  (1 units)   Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): E. Watkins       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Medical students only; others with instructor approval.       Activities: Seminar

This course will examine the issue of translating medicine to the lay public whether through clinical work, interpersonal interactions with non-medical colleagues, or through writing about medicine. We will examine classic and the latest in writings about the profession from physician-authors, look at the history of medical public relations, and examine the reverse issue of how patients think about communicating to doctors.(DAHSM)

200A  Introduction to the History of Health Sciences  (2 - 4 units)   §   Fall

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture, Independent Study, Project

General survey chronologically arranged from ancient times to 1800, with the primary focus on the Western world. This course presents the broad conceptual developments that in each period influenced the evolution of medical knowledge, the promotion of professional activities, and the experiences of illness and health.(DAHSM)

200B  Introduction to History of Health Sciences  (2 - 4 units)   §   Winter

Instructor(s): A. Medeiros       Prerequisite(s): 200A

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture, Independent Study, Project

Continuation of 200A. This course presents a general survey from 1800 to the present, with the primary focus on Europe and the US. Topics include: the rise of scientific medicine; the significance of germ theory; the development of medical therapeutics and technologies; the growth of health care institutions; the evolution and specialization of the medical profession.(ANTHROPOL)

201A  Disease and the Social Order from the Black Death to SARS  (2 - 4 units)   §   Fall

Instructor(s): D. Porter       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture, Independent Study, Project

The course explores the comparative impact of disease upon European and North American societies. It will concentrate on the historical junctures at which diseases occurred; unravel the various levels of meaning which surrounded them in terms of their social, moral, and political interpretations; and analyze the patterns of response to them and discuss their historical consequences.(DAHSM)

204A  Research Methods in the History of Health Sciences  (3 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): B. Dolan, D. Porter       Prerequisite(s): HH200A and HH200B

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture, Independent Study

Introduction to medical historiography, research methodologies, and the craft of interpreting and writing medical history. Discussion of different historical approaches employed in writing history, including intellectual, social, cultural, feminist perspectives, and the sociology of knowledge. Survey of bibliographic tools and training in the methods of oral history.(ANTHROPOL)

204B  Research Methods in the History of Health Sciences  (1 units)   §   Fall

Instructor(s): B. Dolan, D. Porter       Prerequisite(s): HIST HL SC 204A

Restrictions: None       Activities: Project

Conclusion of 204A. Students will finish and submit their research projects for evaluation and feedback.(ANTHROPOL)

212  History of Medical Technologies  (4 units)   §   Fall

Instructor(s): B. Dolan       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture, Independent Study, Project

This course surveys the historical development and social impact of various technological systems in the medical sciences.(DAHSM)

213  Disability History  (4 units)   §   Fall

Instructor(s): B. Dolan       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Project

This course examines disability's presence in the past and its absence from the historiography. We will explore the development of disability as an administrative category as it relates to nation-building, medicine, international relations, and citizenship. We will also explore the history of disability as a lived-experience. Topics include: the history of the 'normal' body, the development of the Veteran's hospital system, and the relationship between reproductive rights and disability.(HLTHSC PRG)

217  Interdisciplinary Readings: Anthropology, History, Sociology  (4 units)   §   Winter

Instructor(s): B. Dolan       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Independent Study, Project

This course examines different theories and research methods developed in anthropology, history and sociology to demonstrate how particular conceptual paradigms are adapted for use by different disciplines. Through comparative readings, this course traces the intellectual foundations of medical anthropology, history and sociology. Offered alternate years.(DAHSM)

220  Selected Topics  (0 units)   §   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): K. Bissell       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor

Restrictions: none      

Seminar allowing individual staff or guest lecturers to present selected topics in the history of the health sciences based on their current research and publications.(HLTHSC PRG)

221  Biomedicine and Visual Culture  (4 units)   §   Fall

Instructor(s): B. Dolan       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture, Project

This course examines objective and subjective interpretations of biomedical images. It ranges from radiological images intended for expert viewing (for diagnosis, legal testimony) to representations of disease and the body for a general public (documentaries, public health films, advertisements). Across this spectrum we seek to determine what gives images credibility and authority by looking at the technologies of their production and social diffusion, and how images give meaning to biomedicine.(ANTHROPOL)

223  Medicine, Disease, and Public Health in Modern Latin America  (4 units)   §   Spring

Instructor(s): B. Dolan

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Project

This course explores the nuanced projects of modernizing Latin American nations through public health in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by examining how modern scientific views of disease and their consequential public health policies are contested by local geographies, ethnicities, and social groups with their own understandings of disease and forms of social and political organization.(HLTHSC PRG)

250  Research  (1 - 8 units)   §   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor

Supervised independent research, including presentations and criticism of research sources, methods, and papers.(DAHSM)

255  History of the Social Sciences and Population Health Policy  (4 units)   §   Fall

Instructor(s): D. Porter

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture

The goal of the course is to provide students with the analytical skills and historical knowledge to evaluate the role of the social sciences in determining changes in public health policy and practice from the eighteenth century to contemporary times in comparative national and international contexts. The course will offer the opportunity to investigate how these changes impacted the political and social status of health citizenship throughout the period.(ANTHROPOL)

297  Special Study  (1 - 4 units)   §   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor

Supervised independent study intended to provide directed reading in subject matter not covered in scheduled seminar offerings.(DAHSM)

299  Dissertation  (0 units)   §   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Advancement to candidacy and permission of the graduate adviser

For graduate students engaged in writing the dissertation for the PhD degree.(DAHSM)

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