This programme is unique in teaching the collective history of science, medicine, environment and technology. It is also unique as it offers modules that combine imperial, ethical, and military history with general areas of history of science and medicine.
You learn from experts working in these diverse fields, being taught how different societies, cultures, and races have conceptualised disease, reacted to changes in environment and created different technological artefacts and scientific knowledge. You are introduced to the major and recent historiographical and methodological approaches, become familiar with the main archives in the UK and encouraged to approach the history of medicine, science, environment and technology from past as well as contemporary concerns.
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the ability to understand how people have conceptualised disease, reacted to the environment and created technological artefacts and scientific knowledge in the differing contexts of the past and present
- the historical relationships between medicine, science, technology and environment in the modern period
- the structure and nature of cultural, political and social aspects of science, technology, environment and medicine in the modern period
- the ability to understand historical and contemporary texts and materials both critically and empathetically while addressing questions of genre, content, perspective and purpose
- the ability to understand the problems inherent in the historical and contemporary record, an awareness of a range of viewpoints and the way to cope with this, an awareness of the limitations of knowledge and the dangers of simplistic explanations
- a knowledge of the history of medicine, science, environment and technology from different perspectives within the discipline of history and relevant disciplines from the social sciences and humanities.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- gathering, organising and deploying evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and primary sources
- the ability to identify, investigate and analyse primary and secondary information
- the ability to develop reasoned defensible arguments based on reflection, study and critical judgement
- the ability to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship, and to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses
- the ability to reflect on, and manage, your own learning and seek to make use of constructive feedback from peers and staff to enhance your own performance and personal skills.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- a comprehensive understanding of the social, economic, and cultural history of medicine, science, environment and technology and relate this to the political and ethical issues of the modern period and their significance within a global perspective
- the application of methods, concepts and theories used in the studies of history and relevant disciplines from the social sciences and humanities
- the evaluation of different interpretations and sources
- how to marshall an argument: summarise and defend a particular interpretation or analysis of events.
You will gain the following transferable skills:
- communication: the ability to organise information clearly, respond to written sources, present information orally, adapt style for different audiences, use images as a communications tool.
- numeracy: the ability to read graphs and tables, integrate numerical and non-numerical information, understand the limits and potentialities of arguments based on quantitative information
- information technology: produce written documents, undertake online research, communicate using email, process information using databases and spreadsheets (where necessary)
- independence of mind and initiative
- self-discipline and self-motivation
- the ability to work with others and have respect for others’ reasoned views.
This programme aims to:
- place the study of texts, images and documentaries in their historical contexts, at the centre of student learning and analysis
- ensure that students of the history of science, medicine, environment and technology acquire a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the historical modes of theory and analysis
- enable you to understand and use concepts, approaches and methods of the history of science, medicine, environment and technology in different academic contexts and develop an understanding of the differing and contested aspects between, and within, the relevant disciplines
- develop your capacities to think critically about past events and experiences
- encourage you to relate the academic study of the history of science, medicine, environment and technology to questions of public debate and concern
- promote a curriculum supported by scholarship, staff development and a research culture that promotes breadth and depth of intellectual enquiry and debate
- assist you to develop cognitive and transferable skills relevant to your vocational and personal development.