HIST 498 (2ON) - Explorations of Historical Perspectives

Expl Hist Persp/To Vax or Not

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Online Course Delivery Method: Online (no campus visits), EUNH
Credits: 4.0
Term: January 2022 - January Term - online (12/28/2021 - 01/21/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 30152
In-depth exploration of a particular historical question or topic: for example, the French Revolution, Chaucer's England, or the New Deal. Students should consult with the Department of History for a list of topics and instructors. Course meets the History major requirements for Group I, II, or III, depending on the topic.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Attributes: Historical Perspectives(Disc)
Instructors: Elizabeth Mellyn

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
12/28/2021 1/21/2022 Hours Arranged ONLINE
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TO VAX OR NOT TO VAX: Vaccines in History
HIST 498 sec. 2ON

Humans have long used various methods to induce immunity against disease. For just as long they have hotly debated whether it’s a good idea, whether it's unnatural or a sin, whether it harms the body, or whether it impinges on individual rights. What we now call vaccination is one of the most effective medical interventions for reducing the morbidity and mortality of some of the most terrifying infectious diseases and yet, even now, it remains controversial. To inform and deepen our current understanding of the Covid-19 pandemic, this course examines key episodes in the history of vaccines with a special focus on the social and cultural contexts that generated such heated debates about the process.