ANCIENT GREEK AND ROMAN MEDICINE

CAH3ANM

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will be introduced to the theories and practices of ancient Greek and Roman medicine. Through the writings of Hippocratic doctors, Galen and others we will consider how medicine contributed to wider ancient debates concerning how the body works, what causes disease, what distinguishes rationality from superstition, why humans experience emotions, how gender and ethnicity are constructed, and how doctors should behave. We will also consider the experience of patients and the place of ancient Graeco-Roman medicine in the wider history of medicine. We will examine the continuing relevance of ancient medical ideas today, from the Hippocratic Oath to the precept to 'first, do no harm'.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLecture, Seminar activties, Online Activities, Research Essay

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level two subjects

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Ancient Medicine

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorVivian Nutton,

Year2012

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherRoutledge

ISBNN/A

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Hippocratic Writings

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorG.E.R. Lloyd,

Year1983

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherPenguin

ISBN0140444513

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse a source in depth in order to understand its context and implications.
02. Compare and contrast social and cultural attitudes to medical understandings of the body, disease and treatment in order to explore themes of continuity and change over time and place.
03. Demonstrate effective communication of concepts through written work and debate activities
04. Critically analyse medical literature of Greco-Roman societies and draw relevant ethnographic parallels

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online Activities (equivalent 800 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Seminar Activities (equivalent 1200 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Research Essay (2000 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4