National Taiwan Normal University Course Outline
Spring , 2024

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I.Course information
Serial No. 1308 Course Level Master / PhD
Course Code EAC8053 Chinese Course Name 科學醫學在東亞:新時代的開始
Course Name Scientific Medicine in East Asia: A New Age
Department Department of East Asian Studies
Two/one semester 1 Req. / Sel. Sel.
Credits 3.0 Lecturing hours Lecture hours: 3
Prerequisite Course ◎1. This course is not available for undergraduate students. 2. If the listed course is a doctoral level course, it is only available for PhD students.
Comment The classroom is located on the 9th floor of Cheng building. Please refer to the latest course schedule announced on our departmental website.
Course Description
Day & Class Period/Location Thur. 2-4 Main 11111
Curriculum Goals Corresponding to the Departmental Core Goal
1. To teach general concepts and features of modern medical science and introduce key features of medical science with socio-historical background Master:
 1-4 Within the ability of political, social and economic vision and thinking in East Asia regional studies
 1-4 Within the strategy and knowledge of cross-disciplinary and cross-culture, and cross-disciplinary professional ability of humanities and social sciences
2. To teach fundamental concepts of understanding modern medicine in East Asia Master:
 2-2 Possessing second foreign language proficiency of Japanese, Korean, and other East Asian languages
 2-2 Possessing the language proficiency and the ability of literature and text application for collection, investigation, and academic research
3. To teach problem formulation and thinking n methods for the dynamics of modern medicine and its impacts to medical professionalization in East Asia Master:
 3-1 Within the ability of macroscopic thinking, independent thinking, professional research and critical introspection
 3-1 Within the ability of macroscopic thinking, independent thinking, professional research and critical introspection
4. To diagnose the prospects on the future of modern and traditional medicines in East Asia and the controversy of the transformation Master:
 4-1 Conducting academic researches with rigorous attitude and academic research ethics
 4-1 Conducting academic researches with rigorous attitude and academic research ethics

II. General Syllabus
Instructor(s) LIU, Shi-Yung/ 劉士永

1. Introduction: Definition of scientific medicine             

2. Background: Western medicine in traditional East Asian societies   

3. Anatomy and human mechanism vs. qi in Eastern/Chinese medicine      

4. Surgery and physics: Vanished skill in Chinese medicine 

5. Early bio-chemistry vs. Daoist alchemy

6. Transformation of embryology: Debates on life-forms between West and East       

7. Physiology from West to East since the 19th century 

8. Discussion on topics and outlines of final essay

9. Appearance of bacteriology: The biggest challenge to traditional medicine     

10. Modern bio-chemistry: Life-changing science and nutrition studies      

11. The similarity and diffidence of internal medicine between West and East    

12. Wars and medicine in the long 20th century East Asia   

13. Public health and state-building in East Asia  

14. New medical education in East Asian societies       

15. Debates on medical professionalization and modernization

16. Oral presentation on final essay       

Instructional Approach
Methods Notes
Formal lecture Considering the possibilities of demanding background knowledge, addition to required readings before each class, the lectures on related concepts and theories in the beginning of each seminar should be necessary.
Group discussion This seminar is designed for PhD students, followed by US-NIH’s guidelines to teaching medical humanity. Accordingly, the main body of the class should be the students and their cross-reference and discussion.
Problem-based learning Due to the requirement of submitting the final essay, each participant will pick questions or problems from the readings and resources to solve. It is essential for PhD student to build up ability of problem-solving via interaction in each seminar.
Case studies Problem-solving and final essay are undoubtedly the vital formation to any PhD seminar.
Grading assessment
Methods Percentage Notes
Assignments 20 % Students will write two short writing assignments regarding the specific topics provided by the instructor.
Class discussion involvement 30 % Every student should be prepared for the seminar discussion and no free riders are allowed. Each student will be assigned of certain readings or research topics to lead discussion on the rotation schedule.
Attendances 10 % Students are supposed to attend all the classes, but absence (s) are excused only in case of emergency with necessary proof or documents. Students must read the reading materials and be prepared for the class discussion. Students’ active participation is strongly recommended.
Presentation 10 % Students are supposed to make an oral presentation first when topic and outlines are settled. The second oral presentation is required to demonstrate the ability of explaining and defending their research on final essay.
Case study reports 30 % The final essay will be evaluated by its academic formations and results of problem-solving to determine the final grade.
Required and Recommended Texts/Readings with References
  1. Kuriyama, Shigehisa. “Concepts of Disease in East Asia.” In The Cambridge World History of Human Disease. Edited by Kenneth Kiple. UK: Cambridge University Press, 1993
  2. Rogaski, Ruth. Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty-Port China. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2004.
  3. Rankin, Alisha and Elaine Leong eds., Secrets and Knowledge in Medicine and Science, 1500-1800. London: Routledge, 2011.
  4. Scheid, Volker, and Hugh MacPherson, eds. Integrating East Asian Medicine into Contemporary Healthcare E-Book. Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011.

(Related articles and papers will be distributed one week prior to the seminar of its topics)

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