HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
Section: 001 Health and Medicine in the U.S. Since 1875
Term: WN 2014
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Waitlist Capacity:
10
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior and Senior HISTORY majors. HISTORY majors are required to elect HISTORY 496 or 497.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Unprecedented technical advances and dramatic cultural changes transformed the health of Americans and the power of the healing professions since 1875. This course will examine how changes in gender, race, economics, and politics, and in the cultural meanings of disease and science, interacted with new technical discoveries to alter medicine, health, and society.

The course is not a comprehensive overview of post-1875 medical history, but will focus on selected specific topics chosen to illustrate the variety of subjects and methods in the historical study of disease and healing. The goal is not to teach you the history of medicine, but to teach you how to do your own research in medical history sources, to examine a few selected models of how others have done such research, and to provide in-depth experience in using the tools of medical history research for yourself.

Course Requirements:

Students are expected to read and discuss thoughtfully about 150 pages per week. A 15-page paper based on original historical research, a weekly journal, and one 5-page book review paper are required.

Intended Audience:

This is a rewarding but rigorous and demanding course, intended only for those who are able to maintain a consistently high level of independent effort throughout the term.

Class Format:

Class is discussion format, with occasional short lectures.

HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
22620
Open
9
9LSA Jr>
-
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: All sections of 497: students missing the first class may be dropped for non-attendance. Students earning their teaching certificate in History or Social Studies should contact Sheila (sheilaw@umich.edu) before Dec 9 for seat availability.
002 (SEM)
P
22999
Closed
0
6LSA Jr>
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
29307
Open
9
9LSA Jr>
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
005 (SEM)
P
30622
Closed
0
 
-
Th 3:00PM - 6:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


ISBN: 9780465079346
The social transformation of American medicine, Author: Starr, Paul, 1949-, Publisher: Basic Books 1982
Required
ISBN: 0156002620
Microbe hunters, Author: Paul De Kruif ; introduction by F. Gonzalez-Crussi., Publisher: Harcourt, Brace 1926
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780674357082
The gospel of germs : men, women, and the microbe in American life, Author: Tomes, Nancy, Publisher: Harvard Univ. Press 1999
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0195307143
Polio : an American story ; [the crusade that mobilized the nation against the 20th century's most feared disease], Author: David M. Oshinsky., Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press 2006
Required
ISBN: 0195135393
The black stork : eugenics and the death of "defective" babies in American medicine and motion pictures since 1915, Author: Martin S. Pernick., Publisher: Oxford University Press 1999
Required
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