• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Culture, Health and Medicine
  • Areas of interest Health Medicine and the Body
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course examines major themes in the history of western medicine, with a particular focus on medicine in Australia. It traces the changing experience of health, disease, and the healing professions from the eighteenth century to the present. Topics include: the evolving culture of medicine and allied health professions; the changing nature of medical technology and pharmaceuticals; the social meaning of disease; relationships between science, industry and medical practice; and the changing doctor-patient relationship.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to :


• articulate a general understanding of major developments and themes in the history of modern western medicine. (LO1)

• demonstrate familiarity with  historiographic methods and their application to the history of medicine  (LO2)

• express articulately in both written and oral forms an historical analysis of a topic in western medicine. (LO3)

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:


• 1500-word first paper  20% (LO 1)

• 1000-word paper - preparation for final paper  15% (LO 2)

• Presentation  20% (LO 3)

• Final paper  35% (LO2 and LO3)

• Attendance and participation in tutorials 10% (LO 3)

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3 hours per week of lectures and seminars, with weekly readings and online contact (total of ten hours per week)

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course – all course readings will be excerpts from larger works or journal articles and will be available electronically on the course website

Assumed Knowledge

There is no assumed knowledge or skills, other than general academic ability to critically analyse texts and prepare and present reasoned arguments.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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