Books, other printed materials, audio CDs, DVD, CD-ROM, website.
You will need
Television, DVD and audio CD players.
You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as the study materials and activities are accessible via a web browser. You may also be required to perform other tasks, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment. The additional software for these tasks will either be provided or is freely available. For this module you will also need to install software provided by the OU on a disk or USB stick.
A Windows desktop or laptop computer running Windows 7 or later operating system is suitable for this module. You will be required to install Microsoft Windows specific software.
A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. The screen size should be at least 1024 (H) x 768 (W) pixels. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop computer in case you are unable to carry out all the module activities on your mobile device.
We recommend a minimum 1 Mbps internet connection and any of the following browsers:
Internet Explorer 9 and above
Apple Safari 7 and above
Google Chrome 31 and above
Mozilla Firefox 31 and above.
Note: using the latest version for your browser will maximise security when accessing the internet. Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.
See our Skills for OU study website for further information about computing skills for study and educational deals for buying Microsoft Office software.
Materials to buy
- Brunton, D. (ed) Health, Disease and Society in Europe, 1800-1930: A Source Book Manchester University Press £16.99 - ISBN 9780719067396
- Elmer, P. & Grell, O. (eds) Health, Disease and Society in Europe, 1500-1800: A Source Book Manchester University Press £16.99 - ISBN 9780719067372
- Porter, R. The Greatest Benefit to Mankind Fontana Press £25.00 - ISBN 9780006374541
If you have a disability
Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and musical notation and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. The study materials are available on audio in DAISY Digital Talking Book format. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.
One of the aims of this module is to utilise the rich heritage of visual imagery available to students in the history of medicine. One of the learning outcomes for this module is for students to develop their ability to analyse visual sources e.g. a poor quality nineteenth-century print of a public surgical procedure. Alternative arrangements can be made for blind and severely visually impaired students who experience difficulty in achieving this learning outcome. Visually impaired students have successfully completed the module. Students who have a background in the study of images gained whilst usefully sighted may be able to draw upon this experience in interpreting such images. Students are able to magnify CD-ROM images within the limits of standard computer applications, but no textual descriptions or alternative formats of images will be available and the use of a sighted assistant to interpret images would conflict with the required learning outcome. Blind and visually impaired students are encouraged to contact us for advice before registering for this module.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.