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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: Direct - Lecture, Direct - Discussion, Student - Lecture, Student - Project, Student - Discussion

This introductory course is a general survey of the history of Western medicine from antiquity to the early nineteenth century for students entering the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the History of the Health Sciences. It explores key conceptual developments and practices of the past, situating healing systems within their cultural and social contexts. The course has a strong historiographical emphasis, comparing and contrasting approaches to episodes in the history of medicine.

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 Black Death to Covid  (2 - 4 units)   Fall, Spring

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

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Direct - Discussion, Student - Lecture, Student - Project, Student - Discussion

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.

203A  The Historiography of Medical History  (4 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): A. Medeiros       Prerequisite(s): none

Restrictions: none       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Independent Study

The aim is to introduce students to the history of history of medicine research, writing and practice. It also serves as an introduction to the professionalization process.

203B  Introduction to Theory and Historiography  (4 units)   Winter

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

Restrictions: none       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Independent Study

This Course examines elements of philosophical theory critically relevant to contemporary historiographical and theoretical discourses in the History of the Health Sciences from Kant to Derrida.

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

Instructor(s): B. Dolan, D. Porter, A. Medeiros       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.

205  The Science of A Historical Archive  (4 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): A. Medeiros       Prerequisite(s): Instructor approval is required

Restrictions: Instructor approval is required       Activities: Lecture, Field Work, Project, Web-based course work

This course provides on overview of the archival science. Emphasis will be made on the theory and methodology of historical archival research. Coursework includes review of literature and leading group discussions of relevant technologies.

213  Disability History  (4 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): A. Medeiros       Prerequisite(s): None

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

215  Crafting the Dissertation Prospectus   (2 units)   Spring

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

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Project

This course, based on a combination of lectures, seminar presentations, and archival investigation, guides students through the process of developing the dissertation prospectus. This document outlines and describes the dissertation topic, hypothesis, provides literary meta-analysis, describes archival sources to be investigated, and proposes the chapter organization. Students will provide peer-review critique of each prospectus.

230  Qualifying Exam Research  (2 units)   Spring

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

Restrictions: None       Activities: Independent Study, Project

This four week course, consisting of independent study and written projects, is required for second year History of Health Sciences students to conduct specialty topic research that culminates in the oral exam.

250  The Anatomy of an Archive  (4 - 5 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

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

Restrictions: none       Activities: Direct - Lecture, Direct - Project, Direct - Discussion, Student - Lecture, Student - Project, Student - Discussion

This course provides on overview of the archival science, the emphasis will be made on the theory, methodology, and best practices of archival research, arrangement and description. Coursework includes review of literature and discussion of relevant technologies. Upon completion of this course, students will master comprehension of archival concepts, become familiar with the archival terminology, understand the principles, history, and theory of archives.

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

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

Restrictions: none       Activities: Direct - Discussion, Student - Project, Student - Independent Study, Student - Discussion

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

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

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

Restrictions: Advancement to candidacy and permission of the graduate advisor      

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