HISTORY 376 - Epidemics: Plagues and Cultures from the Black Death to the Present
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

From the Black Death of 1347 to the latest emergent infections such as Zika, dramatic disease outbreaks both influenced and reflected human history. This course explores how medicine and culture intersected to affect the causes of and responses to epidemics; and it uses selected specific epidemics to illuminate aspects of global history from the ancient world to the present.

Themes will include the causes of epidemiological change, the social and cultural impact of each scourge, the organized public health responses and the development of medical therapeutics and technologies. This course will demonstrate how studying responses to an epidemic can provide insights into the cultures it affected. It will also provide a historical perspective from which to consider the role and limits of medicine in confronting current epidemics.

Course Requirements:

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will receive extensive guidance in class and individually on research topic selection and how to locate and interpret historical documents.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

Class Format:

Three hours of lecture plus one hour of discussion section per week.

HISTORY 376 - Epidemics: Plagues and Cultures from the Black Death to the Present
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
26913
Open
75
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
26914
Open
25
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
26915
Open
25
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
26916
Open
25
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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