Chinese Medicine: Concepts and Context

Module code: 4CHMA001W
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Credit Level: 4
Credit value: 20
Available to: Faculty of Science and Technology students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module is designed to give you an introduction to the distinct and coherent Chinese medical model – the result of a continuous process of critical thought, clinical observation and testing over the past two millennia. You will explore the conceptual frameworks that underpin Chinese medicine, such as dao, yinyang, wuxing (diet, systems of resonances), and san bao (jing, qi, shen) (the ‘three treasures’ of essence, breath energy and spirit), and develop your understanding of the roots of the historical, philosophical, cultural and contextual concepts on which Chinese medicine is based.

Through the module you will examine the key concepts of Chinese medicine, and Chinese terminology and translations. You will learn the key philosophical and historical concepts that are important in the understanding of Chinese medicine, including the four examinations and disease causes which underpin the understanding of the diagnostic process within this medical model.

Teaching and learning methods for the module involve a combination of lectures and seminars – which will include group work and group presentations – as well as guided independent study. Assessment will be based around two key pieces of coursework; a 2,000-word essay, which will include researching Chinese medicine theory and contextual information covered in the syllabus, and a 1,500-word critique of an article.