MA in Medical Humanities
Medicine is one of the great human activities. The changes that medicine has undergone, and the problems and opportunities it raises, should be of interest to everyone. In this programme you will be introduced to many questions asked about medicine from within the Humanities. For example, you will have the opportunity to examine the history of Western medicine and to consider how medical practice is presented in, and shaped by, literature. You will have the chance to reflect on what is involved in classifying something as a disease or an abnormal mental state, and to explore various ethical and legal problems that arise within medicine. Taking the programme will encourage you to think hard about the place of medicine in society and some of medicine’s presuppositions.
The MA is taught by a large number of scholars from many different disciplines around the University. Students all take one core module in the Autumn, and then three option modules, with options streamed. Current streams include: History, Law and Ethics, Literature. If the four coursework modules are passed, students proceed to the Dissertation. This can be focussed within one subject stream or be interdisciplinary. The MA can be taken over one year full-time or over two years part-time. No previous medical education is required.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.
- PL821 - Medical Humanities: An Introduction
- HI818 - Medicine, Environment and Society in the Modern World
- HI866 - History of Science and Communication
- CP813 - Literature and Medicine
- EN835 - Dickens, The Victorians and the Body
- EN900 - Illness and Disability in American Culture
- HI817 - Deformed, Deranged and Deviant
- LW862 - Death and Dying
- LW863 - Consent to Treatment
- LW864 - The Foundations of the English Legal System
- LW866 - Medical Practice and Malpractice
- LW867 - Reproduction and the Beginnings of Life
- LW921 - Privacy and Data Protection Law
- PL806 - Special Topics II
- HI869 - Science, Ethics and Controversy
- CL821 - Ancient Greek Science: Astronomy and Medicine
- PL898 - Dissertation (Medical Humanities)
Assessments vary across the modules. Typically the main assessment is a 5-6,000 word essay and a dissertation of 12-20,000 words.
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