History | The Black Death
H213 | 2930 | Carmichael
Above section carries culture studies credit
The history of plague, from medieval to modern times. We examine, in
lecture and discussion sections, a variety of human reactions to
mortality crises -- including historical, literary, artistic,
medical, public health, religious, and behavioral responses. We
explore the meanings of the word 'plague' when used as a metaphor, or
when used as a warning, or when used as a helpless summary of a
calamity of death and dying. This course also serves to introduce
students to a broad span of European and world history, during the
centuries when great plagues regularly reappeared -- 1300 to 1920.
There are no prerequisites: it is assumed that students have not had
other courses in European history.