This course explores the evolving relationship between humans and non-human microbiota. Beginning with the modern era, we will examine infectious diseases affecting human communities, and the critical contexts in which they occur (e.g. ecological, political, social, and cultural). Case studies will address important modern epidemics and pandemics including influenza, cholera, HIV/STIs, antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," COVID-19, and other conditions. Through the study of global infectious disease outbreaks and threats, we will consider larger anthropological questions about knowledge, the power of metaphor, the role of institutions, and the health of populations.
Course Attributes: EN SBU BAAS SSCFA SSCAR SSC
Section 01Anthropology of Infectious Diseases
INSTRUCTOR: PetersView Course Listing