A History of Epidemics from the Plague to Zika (HIH1027)

15 credits

Through issues of vaccination, restrictions on travel, sex education or just missing school and work because of a common flu, epidemics affect our lives, political and economic systems, culture and society. Conversely, social, political and cultural factors shape how we deal with epidemics, how they are prevented, treated, talked about or silenced. This module uses historical case studies, including the Black Death, cholera, polio and malaria, to explore a range of topics from ideas of nationhood and empire to the Cold War and globalization.