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Teaching programme

The four core modules are the main teaching resource for this course. All students attend all core modules, which run for four weeks during Michaelmas term. They are led by different senior members of teaching staff and focus on selected readings. Eight optional modules run during Lent term, and students are advised to follow at least two of these. In Easter term students attend a Dissertation Workshop, which gives them the opportunity to present their
own work.

The modules being offered in 2017-18 are listed below. Current HMS students can find resources on the course moodle site. Other interested parties may access reading lists for each module by following the links below.

Core modules (Michaelmas term):

1. History of medicine
2. Medical anthropology
3. Medical sociology (Sociology of Health and Illness)
4. Philosophy and ethics of medicine

Optional variable modules (Lent term):

1. History of medicine: Reproduction
2. History of medicine: Public and environmental health
3. Philosophy and ethics of medicine: Epistemology of medical research
4. Philosophy and ethics of medicine: Measuring health
5. Medical Sociology: Reproduction, technology and society
6. Medical Sociology: The political economy of biomedical innovation
7. Medical Anthropology: Anthropologies of food and nutrition
8. Medical Anthropology: Global health

Students are also integrated into the research culture of the departments by attending other research seminars and reading groups, and may attend additional training run by the departments, the Social Sciences Research Methods Centre (SSRMC), the University Language Centre, and other sources. Informal opportunities to develop research skills also exist through participation in the departments’ research cultures.

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