HIST 615: Problems in American History

HIST 615-DL4: Disease, Medicine, and Society
(Fall 2021)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R


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Section Information for Fall 2021

The experience of illness and health, whether physical or mental, is familiar to all of us, as are concerns related to germs, hygiene, and sanitation. Beginning with our commonly held assumptions about these shared aspects of modern life, this seminar will explore the history of medicine as it has intersected with other political, social, and cultural developments, focusing on Europe and the U.S. from the late 18th to 20th centuries. How have understandings of health and disease both reflected and shaped changing ideas and attitudes about modern society and culture? How does scientific knowledge construct and produce its object of study? How are medical ‘truths’ translated into practice and diffused into local cultures? Discussion topics will include the historical and social constructions of disease and wellness; cultural components of illness; politics of public health and hygiene; social determinants of health; medical technologies and their ethical, social, and cultural implications.

HIST 615 DL4 is a distance education section taught synchronously. Students should expect to be online at the day and time scheduled.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-6

Readings and discussion of bibliographies, interpretations, and research trends in topics selected by instructor. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Related Course
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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