HISTORY 196 - First-Year Seminar
Section: 001 Deadly Disease in US Culture
Term: WN 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Other:
FYSem
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

From smallpox to AIDS, dramatic disease outbreaks both shaped and were shaped by American culture. This course explores how medicine and culture intersected to influence the causes, experiences of, and responses to epidemics in America; and it uses epidemics to illuminate the history of American society from colonization to the present. Lectures introduce new topics and summarize discussions. Discussions will explore past perceptions and compare past and present; we will not discuss the present apart from the past. Readings (four to five hours weekly) include modern histories, plus old newspapers, films, and medical journals. Written assignments are two five-page book review papers, a short weekly journal, and an individual research project with parts due throughout the term. They will introduce you to the medical, graduate, and undergraduate libraries. Readings available only for purchase cost about $30; other required readings available on reserve or for purchase cost about $160 more. Course Pack available at Dollar Bill.

Assigned Books:

  • Crosby, Columbian Exchange (Greenwood)
  • Rosenberg, Cholera Years (Chicago)
  • De Kruif, Microbe Hunters
  • Barry, The Great Influenza (Viking)
  • Oshinsky, Polio(Oxford)
  • Garrett, The Coming Plague (Penguin)

HISTORY 196 - First-Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
19101
Open
2
2Y1
-
WF 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
19102
Closed
0
1Y1
-
W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
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