Through the ages, human societies have understood epidemic diseases as results of Providence, pollution, or proliferation of germs. Today, chronic conditions and 'diseases of civilisation' like obesity and drug addiction are seen as epidemics. What are the social, political, cultural, economic, and health implications of such 'plagues'? Tracing histories of epidemics from pre-modern outbreaks of Black Death and smallpox to recent pandemics such as AIDS and Ebola, this unit investigates the moral panics and public health measures they have inspired.
2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x500wd essay outline with bibliography (10%), 1x2500wd research essay (45%), 1x1.5hr exam (35%), tutorial participation (10%)