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HISTGC01 CORE COURSE: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO CHINESE HEALTH AND HUMANITY

Vivienne Lo and various tutors

15 credits, Term 1

Meets: Wednesdays 11-1, room 532, Taviton (SSEES building)

The Core Course will be delivered by specialists in different fields critical to the interdisciplinary understanding of health China. Students will be exposed to social sciences and historical approaches to concepts of health and therapeutics in the classical world and their legacy. Some of the lectures will be delivered by China specialists; others, such as anthropologists, environmentalists and lawyers, will be leaders in their field.

Assessment: one essay of 4,000 words.

HISTGC02 CHINESE LAW AND HEALTH

Vivienne Bradwell

15 credits, Term 2

Meets: Thursdays 2-4, room TBA

The module will begin with three lectures surveying the History of Chinese Law in comparative perspective with a special focus on Law as it has related to the individual, community and state health. We will pay particular attention to the legal contexts in the modern development of health systems in Chins. Drawing on this history the remaining lectures will set the following topics in their unique Chinese context: Public Health Law; State and Private Providers; Medical Insurance, Medical Malpractice and Compensation, Pharmaceutical Law. Sub-topics of these themes will include Access to Services, European Law and Traditional Medicines.

By the end of the module students will be expected to have a broad understanding of the history of Chinese law in comparative perspectives as it relates to health and, from this vantage point, to be able to assess future challenges in health.

Assessment: one essay of 4,000 words.

HISTGC03 TRANSLATION AND DIRECT READING 1

Penny Barrett

30 credits, Term 1

Meets: Tuesdays 3-5, room 103, Roberts building and Fridays 11-1, room B.4.01, Cruciform

This course will involve researching, reading, abstracting and presenting Chinese primary and secondary literature in English. While the main focus of the module is to ensure that there is a tight structure against which students’ progress can be measured, it will also mean that native Chinese speakers can work from their own linguistic strengths, contributing to the whole programme and interacting as far as possible with the other students.

Assessment: weekly in-class translation assignments (50%) and one 2-hour exam (50%).

HISTGC04 TRANSLATION AND DIRECT READING 2

Penny Barrett

30 credits, Term 2

Meets: Tuesdays 2-4 and Fridays 11-1

This course will involve researching, reading, abstracting and presenting Chinese primary and secondary literature in English. While the main focus of the module is to ensure that there is a tight structure against which students’ progress can be measured, it will also mean that native Chinese speakers can work from their own linguistic strengths, contributing to the whole programme and interacting as far as possible with the other students.

Assessment: weekly in-class translation assignments (50%) and one 2-hour exam (50%).

HISTGC06 CHINESE FILM AND THE BODY

Vivienne Lo

30 credits, full year

Meets: Tuesdays, 7-9pm, Southwing Garwood Lecture Theatre.  Some dates are part of the Grand Challenges Chinese Film event and hosted at other locations (30 October, 4th December, 15th January, 12th February).

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The module will use the media of Chinese film to analyze representations of social and cultural issues related to health and the body in twentieth and twenty-first century China. It will provide opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relationship between the conditions of film making and representation.

Assessment: one essay of 4,000 words

HISTGC05 HISTORY OF CHINA: SOCIETY AND CULTURE

(Not open to students on one-year China degree)

Vivienne Lo

30 credits, full year

Meets: Tuesdays 9-11, room 243 Foster Ct

This course will provide a broad overview of 2 millennia of political, social and cultural history in China. The course will focus on key moments of change and interrogate pervasive notions of China’s unbroken imperial civilisation. China will be introduced as the ‘Open Empire’ receptive to all the in-coming influences of religion, and social and political structures that have shaped its development; and also exerting influence through the land, maritime, air and cyber networks that have connected it with other places.

Assessment: one 2-hour exam (50%) and one essay (50%).

HISTG012 CLASSICAL CHINESE MEDICINE (MA/BSc)

Vivenne Lo

15 credits, Term 2

Meets: Mondays 2-4, room TBA

This course aims to provide knowledge of the background and development of key concepts and practices in the history of Chinese medicine, with a secondary focus on the history of Tibetan medicine. It will describe the transmissions of these Asian medical systems and traditions to Europe and the practice of traditional medicine in the modern world. The course will give a broad historical perspective, whilst at the same time focusing on the social, cultural and political contexts of key times of medical innovation. 

Assessment: two essays

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