Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Description
Starnaman, Sabrina
Discipline and Number
ARHM 2343 Section 001
MW Time 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Course Title
Science and the Humanities

Description of Course:

This course will examine literary and artistic creations that embody historical moments in scientific advancement and disease outbreaks. For example, when germ theory replaced miasma theory—the belief that people got sick because of “bad air” was replaced by the knowledge that bacteria and viruses carry disease—how did fantasy writers use germs to create stories of the horrific unseen.

Some topics this class may cover are:

The development of the microscope
Germ theory
Miasma theory
The Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918
Viral outbreak stories

Required Texts:

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Assignments may include:

Reading quizzes
Midterm and final exam
Active class participation

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