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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.

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.

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.

203  Introduction to Historiography  (4 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): D. Porter, A. Medeiros       Prerequisite(s): none

Restrictions: none       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Independent Study, Project

This course examines the emergence of the methods which came to define modern historical scholarship based on different types of research and uses of primary historical materials. It examines the origin of the idea of the possibility of an “objective” science of history and its critique.

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.

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.

213  Disability History  (4 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): A. Medeiros       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.

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.

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

Instructor(s): B. Dolan       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.

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.

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.

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.