HISTORY 233 - History of Sexually Transmitted Diseases from Syphilis to AIDS
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May not be repeated for credit.
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Students will study the history of sexually transmitted diseases from the middle-ages to contemporary society. From the first outbreak of syphilis in 1492 to AIDS today, students will learn how physicians and lay citizens drew upon attitudes and knowledge available to them in an effort to understand disease, handle the sufferer, and control the epidemic. Themes will include changing ideas about disease causality, the social and cultural significance of each disease, the organized public health response to each outbreak, and the development and limitations of medical therapeutics. By studying responses to each disease at different historical moments, students will gain insight into the nature of a specific society. Students will also gain a historical perspective about what it means to be a disease sufferer. Students will apply the themes developed in this course to today’s Ebola and Zika epidemics to gain a better understand how our society is struggling to comprehend and handle these contemporary epidemic threats.

Course Requirements:

There will be a midterm and final exam, along with one independent research paper. Readings will stress primary source materials.

Intended Audience:

The intended audience will be undergraduates from freshman to seniors. Readings will stress primary source materials. Anyone who is interested in learning more about epidemic diseases, their impact on society, and how society responds to them will be interested in taking this course.

Class Format:

HISTORY 233 - History of Sexually Transmitted Diseases from Syphilis to AIDS
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0887847536
Race against time : searching for hope in AIDS-ravaged Africa, Author: by Stephen Lewis, Publisher: House of Anansi Pr. 2nd ed. 2006
ISBN: 0275994309
Sex, sin, and science : a history of syphilis in America, Author: Parascandola, John, 1941-, Publisher: Praeger 2008
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