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PUBH2209 Plagues, Pox and Pandemics: the History of Death and Disease
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 2 option in the Humanities in Health and Medicine major sequence
- Level 2 elective
- This unit provides students with a valuable historical perspective on pandemics, plagues, emerging medical techniques and changing perceptions in which to locate current and emerging health issues. The topics include historical methodologies and sources; Egyptian, Greek and Roman medicine; the Black Death in fourteenth-century England; the spread of infectious disease in the New World; medical practitioners in medieval and early modern Europe; witchcraft, mental health and religious healing; public health and infectious disease challenges in the Victorian age; warfare and disease; health care, ideology and totalitarian regimes, including Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; psychiatry and mental health care; modern pandemics such as the 1918-19 flu and COVID-19. The unit charts changing relationships between human health,pandemics and plagues, medical explanations and treatments, and cultural milieux. Students have the opportunity to discover and examine original documents for themselves and analyse historical perceptions and realities of health and disease, through case studies using archaeological, paleo-pathological, visual and written evidence of health perceptions in the past. The unit provides students with a valuable historical perspective on the emergence of pandemics and plagues as well as changing medical approaches in which to locate current and emerging health issues.
- Students are able to (1) analyse the major historical contours of pandemics, plagues and Western medical theories and practices; (2) assess the impact of pandemics, plagues and major diseases on human behaviour in past societies; (3) assess the influence of medical practice and concepts of health on patterns of infection and human behaviour in past societies; (4) critically analyse a wide range of historic source materials; (5) critically analyse a wide range of modern commentaries and readings on pandemics, plagues and disease history; (6) construct a logical argument with relevant documentation; (7) express ideas in clear, cogent and correct English in both written and oral forms; and (8) work collaboratively to arrive at questions and conclusions about previous eras and future disease threats.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) workshop preparation and participation; (2) critique of historical texts on pandemics; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
For units commencing in May 2022 or later the availability of the supplementary assessment is subject to confirmation.Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
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- Are in good academic standing overall;
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Additionally student may apply for supplementary assessment in any unit which is the final unit required for graduation in there course and where they have achieved a mark between 45 and 49 for the unit overall, or the same mark in any failed component item in the unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Professor Angus Cook
- Unit rules
Approved quota: 150—places will be allocated to students in the population health major first, then on a first come first served basis.
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week