To understand the world we live in, it is crucial to know how it has been shaped by science, technology and medicine. Dr Quirke's specialist teaching focuses on the history of medical knowledge, practice, and associated technologies, while her broader teaching considers the wider socio-economic and political context within which they developed, in particular the expansion of the medical market and the evolution of modern warfare.
- U68586 Medicine and War (3rd Year)
- U67558 Brave New Worlds: Evolution and its Discontents, c.1850-2000 (2nd Year)
- U67920 History and Documents (2nd Year)
- U67503 The Rise of the Modern World (1st Year)
- U67504 Medicine and Society, c. 1650-1914 (1st Year)
- U67900 Making History: Theory, Methods and Sources (1st Year)
- U67921 Work-Based Learning Module (2nd Year)
- P68501 Key Concepts and Mehods in History of Medicine
- P67510 Worlds of Risk: Technology, Health and the Environment
- P67598 Independent Study Module (Combined History/History of Medicine strand)
- P67599 History MA Dissertation (Combined History/History of Medicine strand)
Dr Quirke has supervised a number of projects at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, on various aspects of the history of modern medicine, as well as on the history of the First and Second World Wars.
At PhD level, to date Dr Quirke has supervised to completion three projects, one as Second Supervisor (Jenny Wright, 'Public Health Women Doctors in England, 1974 to 1991: a case study', 2015), two as Director. Both were externally funded, the first by a Wellcome Trust Programme Grant (no 09568/Z/11/A) on which Dr Quirke has been co-investigator (Gilmour-Hamilton, 'A Cohort of One: Oral History and Cancer Research in Britain, 1970-2010', 2016); the second by an AHRC CDA with the Science Museum (Rushmore, 'Uses and Misuses of Chemicals in the British Home, c. 1930s-1980s', 2017).
Dr Quirke is also currently acting as Second Supervisor to another Wellcome Trust-funded PhD scholarship (Jane Freebody, '"What did they do all day?" Patient work, psychiatry and society in France and England, 1900-1940'.
Dr Quirke has acted as internal and external examiner on a number of occasions, in Britain and abroad. Topics examined have included the history of smallpox in 18th-century England; the Association of Parents of Backward Children and the legacy of eugenics in Britain, 1946-1960; the history of antimetabolites and their contribution to a rational approach to chemotherapy, 1935-1955.