Module Details

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Title FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE: BRITISH HEALTH AND MEDICINE SINCE 1750
Code HIST239
Coordinator Dr MJ Robinson
History
Michael.Robinson@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 5 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

To explore the history of health through a series of topics and themes which examine how experiences and expectations of health for individuals and populations have changed;

To investigate how the health responds to a wide variety of determinants, including income levels, housing conditions, diet and medical care;

To study the role of the patient, the practitioner and the state in health care;

To understand how health has been measured in the past; how authorities have understood health and produced strategies to reduce health inequalities.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

(LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and an awareness of different historical methodologies.

(LO3) An ability to analyse the determinants of health, the role of the patients, the practitioner and the state in health care, and a broad understanding of how experiences and expectations of health for individuals and populations have changed.

(S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

(S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion

(S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

(S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

(S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression


Syllabus

 

The lectures 11 x 1-hour, explore how health changed in response to new medical knowledge and professionalization of healthcare as well as wider social, economic and political changes in Britain. They discuss significant disease crises such as the 1832 cholera epidemic and the emergence of AIDS in the 1980s; how the state adopted responsibility for health, from nineteenth century public health measures such as vaccination schemes and isolation hospitals to the inter-war mixed-economy of welfare, and the creation of the National Health Service in 1948. Key changes in the second half of the twentieth century are covered, including the sophistication of health education in response to the shift to chronic health problems such as cancers, heart disease and diabetes, and strategies to tackle health inequalities. The seminars five x two hours, use primary sources and archive film footage to examine some of the key issues: how to uncover the patient’s view; the tension between biogr aphy and history; the health of working class families; how effective health policy is made. The final two seminars hear and discuss assessed presentations by the students.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

The majority of teaching will be delivered face-to-face on campus. Online delivery will be used to complement the on-campus delivery and where technology affords a better learning experience.

Lecture:
Eleven, 1-hour lectures. The lectures provide a framework for the module, introduce the main themes, concepts and historical debates, and provide the context for the in-depth discussions in the seminars.

Seminar:
Five, 2-hour seminars. These focus on detailed group analysis of key aspects of the module, and hear and discuss assessed presentations by the students.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 11

10

        21
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 129
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
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submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
There is a reassessment opportunity. This is not an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.    15       
There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.    85       

Recommended Texts

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