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070369 SE Seminar (2019W)

8.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The courses "seminar - structures of the (early) modern health care system in the Habsburg countries" and the research seminar of the same name will take place every other week and ideally should be combined. The seminar can be counted as a "Projektkurs". Both courses can also be taken separately. The visit to the University Archives is scheduled for a Thursday, starting at 16.45, however this will be organised in accordance with the students. This visit replaces a meeting of one of the both courses. The papers of the invited lecturers of Eötvös Lorànd University Budapest and Charles University Prague will be held according to their possibilities at meetings of both courses. For any questions please get in touch: sonia.horn@univie.ac.at

Monday 14.10. 16:45 - 21:15 Seminarraum 9 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3
Monday 28.10. 16:45 - 21:15 Seminarraum 9 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3
Monday 11.11. 16:45 - 21:15 Seminarraum 9 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3
Monday 25.11. 16:45 - 21:15 Seminarraum 9 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3
Monday 09.12. 16:45 - 21:15 Seminarraum 9 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3
Monday 20.01. 16:45 - 21:15 Seminarraum 9 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3
Monday 27.01. 16:45 - 21:15 Seminarraum 9 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 5 Hof 3


Aims, contents and method of the course

The analysis of health care structures in the Habsburg countries covers a wide range of topics. Research questions may include topics like the access to medical assistance offered by various more or less formally trained medical professionals, e.g. analyzing their education and the development of administrative frameworks,. Discussing political, economic, social and cultural backgrounds in dealing with health and sickness e.g. by questioning which therapies were available, how medical knowledge was produced and finally recognized could be considered as well as measures of health care politics, like handling epidemics or ways coping with health, sickness, birth and dying, for example at regional levels. This means that a broad variety of topics can be investigated.
The history of medicine was defined by topoi that were based on constructions of 19th century historiography and often served specific interests of that era. This is especially true for the history of medicine. The analysis of primary sources usually offers a different situation than the “story” described in traditional medical historiography. It is therefore necessary to work with primary sources. This is the main focus of the course.

The aim of the course (s) is to instruct the students how to carry out research based on primary sources. Therefore a visit to the University Archives will be organised as well as lectures given by colleagues from Eötvös Lorànd University Budapest and Charles University Prague. This should support the implementation of a guided, but independently completed research project.

Assessment and permitted materials

Ideally, the courses "Research Seminar" and "Seminar" should be combined, however the "Seminar" can be credited as a “Projektkurs”. The investigations based on primary sources should be carried out within the research seminar, the analysis and the presentation of the results should be part of the "seminar" (= Projektkurs). However, each course can be completed separately. In this case, the deliveries will be agreed individually.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular participation, self-directed research, analysis and presentation of the results

Examination topics

Reading list


Publications of the lecturer: http://www.sonia-horn.eu/?page_id=174

Publikationen in the journal „Virus – Beiträge zur Sozialgeschichte der Medizin“ since 1999

Marianne ACQUARELLI, Die Ausbildung der Wundärzte in Niederösterreich. Unter der Herrschaft der Habsburger vom 18. bis zum 19. Jahrhundert. (= Schriften des Archivs der Universität Wien, Fortsetzung der Schriftenreihe des Universitätsarchivs, Universität Wien Band 25) 2017

Marianne ACQUARELLI, Kurrentschrift (2013)

Monika GRASS, Medizinische Versorgung in der Herrschaft Forschtensteinj, Eisenstadt und Hornstein in der Frühen Neuzeit bis zum Sanitätshauptnormativ von 1770. (= Burgenländische Forschungen Bd 94) 2007

Kathrine E. KOGLER, „…die Heilärzte des kranken Staates.“ Die Beteiligung von Medizinern an der Revolution 1848 in Wien. (2012)

Markus OPPENAUER, Die Wiener Medizinische Fakultät und ihre Sammlungen : 1790-1835. (phil. Diss. Univ. Wien (2017) – und weitere Publikationen.

Markus SWITTALEK Das Josephinum. Aufklärung. Klassizismus. Zentrum der Medizin. (= schriftenreihe der Landesverteidigungsakademie band 7/2014)

Daniela WAGNER, Gerard van Swieten und die Gründung der Kliniken in Wien. Eine verwaltungsgeschichtliche Analyse auf der Basis archivalischer Quellen( 2015)

Association in the course directory

SP: Neuzeit, Österreichische Geschichte, Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, Osteuropäische Geschichte, Frauen- und Geschlechtergeschichte

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