Pandemics and History
This course focuses on the history of pandemics and how diseases have an impact on perceptions and policies. We will review the history of various pandemics through the world. Students will investigate the responses to the diseases and how societies dealt with those changes. Important points in history include the Plague of Athens (430 B.C.), the Antonine Plague (180 A.D.), the Black Death of the Dark Ages, the Spanish Flu (1918), and Ebola (2014), leading into the current day. We will review the histories surrounding the plagues and how they affected the world. Students will examine countries’ responses and how their citizens viewed the world during those times.
Live Classes: Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from August 19th to December 16th
Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet.