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HI269 - Medicine, Identity & Technology in Modern History

  • Module code: HI269
  • Module name: Medicine, Identity & Technology in Modern History
  • Department: History
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Medicine, Identity, and Technology in Modern History’ is designed to complement the first-year History core module, The Making of the Modern World, 1750-2000, and to introduce students to the histories of technology and medicine, and to science and technology studies. It will familiarize students with historical, anthropological, sociological, and ethical approaches to medicine and technology (particularly in the 20th century), and add interdisciplinary skills to students’ repertoire for research, thinking, and writing across all modules that they will take.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: 1. Describe the history of Reproductive technologies; Biometric technologies of identification; Biological understandings of race; Interactions between technoscience, medicine and national identity; Organ and tissue transplantation; The Space Race. 2. Describe the relationship between such technologies and changes in understandings of ‘identity’ over time and at the individual, familial and national levels. 3. Use a variety of scholarly approaches to assess medicine, science and technology. 4. Engage with and analyse media representations of medicine, science, and technology. 5. Reflect on themselves as consumers of medicine and technologies, produced in and shaped by particular social and educational circumstances, and to discuss their counterparts in the past in similar terms.

Timetabled teaching activities

This module is taught by weekly lectures and seminars (1x1 hours each), and by individual tutorials to discuss essays.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: HI269-15)
A (Assessed work only) 1000 word essay plan (V1L8 students) 25%
  3000 word essay (V1L8 students) 75%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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