Feb 26, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024
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HIST 2750 - Disease, Medicine, and Society in Europe to 1800

Interdisciplinary approach to the history of disease in premodern Europe and socio-cultural responses to it. Explores the medical history of diseases such as the bubonic plague, leprosy, syphilis, madness and cholera, among others, from the ancient world to 1800. Explores the social, political, economic, gendered, and religious contexts in which such diseases were defined and experienced. Particular focus on individual and institutional response to perceived “public health” threats in premodern Europe.

Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Connected World
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMSBS Social & Behavioral Sciences
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:  

  • Students will be able to describe how cultural values, ideals, and social mores influence the development of medical knowledge and medical practices in the past and today.
  • Students will be able to explain the position of historical actors and their ideas within social, economic, political, and religious systems.
  • Students will be able to identify and explain the role economics, social structures, and political ideas play in historical explanations of and responses to disease and illness.
  • Students will be able to critically evaluate primary sources and identify the influence of social, political, or religious systems on the author’s perspective and position.
  • Students will be able to investigate empirical evidence and then compare and contrast individual, communal, and institutional responses to disease and illness in the past.
  • Students will be able to define ‘disease,’ ‘health,’ and ‘illness’ in a specific place and time and explain how religious and social systems informed individual, communal, and governmental responses to those concepts.
  • Students will be able to evaluate evidence-based claims and communicate rational conclusions to peers and the broader community.
  • Students will be able to explain primary terminology, concepts, and findings of the history of medicine in specific times and places.
  • Students will be able to identify and describe conceptualizations of human biology and anatomy at different points in Western history.
  • Students will able to construct thesis-driven arguments backed by evidence and will understand their arguments as reflecting, in part, their own historical experience.
  • Students will be able to describe major events and individuals associated with the history of medicine.

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