AMCULT 284 - Sickness and Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year students must obtain permission of the instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Medical history includes more than the history of doctors and their discoveries. It includes the history of sickness and health as well. From devastating infectious epidemics to the quiet suffering of malnutrition, health problems have both affected and reflected the evolution of modern society. This course will study four different historical periods, exploring issues such as:

  • the effects of living and working conditions, individual actions, and medical care on public health;
  • the role of ethics, economics, and politics in medical decision making;
  • the changing health problems of specific social groups, including Native Americans, African Americans, women, immigrants, and workers;
  • the changing meanings of concepts like "health" and "disease";
  • the spread and effects of medical innovations; and
  • the changing organization and power of the healing professions.

We will focus on American history, but with significant attention to international and global connections and contrasts.

Reading assignments will range from modern histories to poetry and old medical journals. This is a challenging and demanding course.

Course Requirements:

There will be two essay-style examinations, and frequent short quizzes.

Intended Audience:

The course is a basic introduction, however, first-year students must obtain permission of the professor to enroll.

Class Format:

Classes are taught in lecture format with discussion sections, and will include a variety of audio-visual sources.

AMCULT 284 - Sickness and Health in Society: 1492 to the Present
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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