HISTORY 376 - Epidemics: Plagues and Cultures from the Black Death to the Present
Section: 001
Term: WN 2013
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:

From the Black Death of 1348 to emergent infections today, dramatic disease outbreaks both affected and reflected history. This course explores how medicine and culture intersected to influence the causes of and responses to epidemics; and it uses specific epidemics to illuminate global history from medieval societies to the present.

Course Requirements:

Midterm exam (20%), 2-hr final exam (20%), 5 short-answer quizzes on material from both lecture and readings (20%), reading journal in the discussion sections (20%), and a 2500-word final research project (20%). Students will receive extensive guidance in class and individually on topic selection and how to locate and interpret historical documents. Specific portions of the project will be due at various points throughout the term.

Intended Audience:

Sophomores, juniors and seniors. While it is meant to be rigorous and challenging, it presumes no previous background in social history or medicine.

Class Format:

Three hours of lecture per week with one hour of GSI-led section per week.

HISTORY 376 - Epidemics: Plagues and Cultures from the Black Death to the Present
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
27037
Open
33
 
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
P
27038
Open
8
 
-
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
27039
Open
10
 
-
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
27040
Open
15
 
-
Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
Dollar Bill
ISBN: 9780143036494
Great influenza : the story of the deadliest pandemic in history., Author: Barry, John M., 1947-, Publisher: Penguin Books 2009
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780275980733
The Columbian exchange : biological and cultural consequences of 1492, Author: Crosby, Alfred W., Publisher: Praeger 2003
Required
ISBN: 6612538848
The Cholera Years, Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2010
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780195152944
Polio : an American story, Author: Oshinsky, David M., 1944-, Publisher: Oxford University Press 2005
Required
ISBN: 9780140250916
The coming plague : newly emerging diseases in a world out of balance, Author: Garrett, Laurie., Publisher: Penguin 1995
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0156002620
Microbe hunters, Author: Paul De Kruif ; introduction by F. Gonzalez-Crussi., Publisher: Harcourt, Brace 1926
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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