Units of Study

HSTY6988 - Contagion: History and Culture

Semester 2, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Peter Graeme Hobbins


In this unit we will examine the history of infectious disease and other phenomena considered contagious, and their management. With case-studies drawn from the early modern to the last modern period, and from the western and colonial worlds, we will examine medical, governmental, artistic and cultural responses to diseases such as leprosy, smallpox, plague, tuberculosis, malaria, syphilis and HIV/AIDS. Methods of analysis will be drawn from history, anthropology, sociology and the study of culture.


2x750wd article summaries (30%) and 1x3500wd research essay (70%)


1x2-hr seminar/week

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