HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Section: 001 Health and Disease in Chinese History: From Acupuncture to the Nobel Prize
Term: FA 2020
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Cost:
50-100
Repeatability:
May be elected five times for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What is “traditional Chinese medicine” and how did it develop over centuries of Chinese history? What kinds of social, political, and economic forces shaped the way that people in China thought about health, disease, and the body? And how did the pursuit of health and the fight against disease shape Chinese history and culture in different eras? This course surveys the history of medicine in China from the 3rd century BCE to the 21st century CE. Besides learning about the beliefs and practices that people in China used to promote health and treat disease, we will learn cross-cultural analytical skills so that we can think critically and sensitively about the different health beliefs of different societies. Course topics include: the historical development of classical Chinese medical theory (including yin-yang cosmology); the history of medical specializations (including febrile diseases, gynecology, pediatrics, wounds, and ophthalmology); the relationship between different medical techniques (including acupuncture, surgery, and herbs); medical diversity (including military medicine, forensic medicine, popular and household healing, and religious therapy); government activism in medicine; the impact of epidemics (including plague, smallpox, and cholera); the influence of foreign medicine (including Western medicine); medical modernization movements of the 19th and 20th centuries; the rise of Chinese medicine as a global form of “complementary and alternative medicine” in the 20th and 21st centuries; and contemporary biopolitics of Chinese medicine (including the Nobel Prize award-winning discovery of artemisinin).

Course Requirements:

Two short papers, two exams, and active participation in class discussions.

Class Format:

Lecture plus discussion section.

HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
016 (DIS)
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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35176
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025 (LEC)
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026 (SEM)
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