HST2034: Jane Groom’s ‘Extraordinary Scheme’: Disability and the body in the Transatlantic World, c. 1800-1900

20 credits (semester 2 2015-16 and semester 1 2016-17)

Module Leader: Dr Esme Cleall


Module Summary

This document option takes as a starting point Jane Groom’s emigration scheme to send white, working-class, deaf people from London to Canada and establish a deaf colony in North America. The scheme is used as a springboard to think about issues of disability and the body in the nineteenth-century Transatlantic world. Topics covered include: institutionalisation, immigration restrictions, deaf separatist demands for a ‘Deaf State’ in the USA, eugenics, and medical and social attitudes towards disability and the body. The course draws on a range of primary sources including: newspapers, memoirs, propaganda pamphlets, immigration legislation and medical and scientific treatises.


Teaching and Assessment

Lecture-workshops provide an efficient way of providing information, encouraging ideas and guiding students’ private study. Seminars will provide opportunities for students to present their ideas and interpretations to the wider group. All teaching will utilise primary sources and documents which can help explain the key concepts in the history of disability such as the social and medical models of disability; institutionalisation; sign language and education, and key areas of understanding disability in the nineteenth century such as immigration legislation and the rise of eugenics. Both seminars and lectures provide opportunities for students to critically examine the value of various types of primary sources for historical understanding.

Information on assessment can be found at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/current_students/undergraduate/assessment/level2


Selected Reading

To follow.


Intended Learning Outcomes
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