Uses of the Past - Sick! A Global History of Disease

CLLC-L 220 / CLASS 11881 — Spring 2024

Edmondson Hall C112
Days and Times
M/W 9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 3 credits
Course Description

SustainCollins course – open to all residents 

From leprosy to the novel coronavirus, deadly ailments have long threatened and beguiled human societies. This course will explore a multitude of outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics that have affected the globe over the last two millennia. While diseases are merely the result of bacteria and viruses interacting with the human immune system, the ways in which they spread are a consequence of societal structures. This semester, we will use disease as a key into understanding cultural change, political power, and societies’ anxieties. We will look at how attitudes toward disease, death, and medicine have changed over the centuries, as well as analyze representations of disease in historical art and media. Mortui vivos docent! 

Instructor: Liam Kingsley

Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)