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University of Hong Kong
Being healthy is a fundamental human desire. But different cultures have different understanding of the body and employ a wide variety of methods for curing ill-health. Consequently, the history of medicine provides an important avenue for deepening our understanding of global diversity and cross-cultural interactions. Since the 19th century, both Western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine have played important roles in curing the Chinese. This course focuses on the social, cultural and political contexts underpinning the transmission of Western medicine and the transformations of Traditional Chinese Medicine from the early 19th century to the present.
The course draws upon materials and experiences that prompt interdisciplinary inquiry such as: fiction, videos, posters, photos, as well as field trips. Beneath the overarching theme of cross-cultural interactions in the realm of medicine and health, the core problems explored in the course are:
Challenging the idea that China was an isolated empire and reluctant to interact with the outside world.
Exploring the idea that scientific knowledge domains like medicine are objective and value-free.
Examining the capacity of human societies to adopt new ideas and assimilate them to fit local conditions.
Tutorial presentation and participation 30
Short essay 20
Reflective journal 20
End of term take-home test 30
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Good Grade CC
30% participation and presentation
30% Take home final exam
too many essays, but average B grade
essay+ report+ exam+ presentation
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