Expl/Global History of Cancer
Term: January 2024 - January Term - online (12/27/2023 - 01/19/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
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Global History of Cancer
In this course, students will trace the history of cancer from its earliest references in text, art, and oral tradition to modern-day scientific journals, survivor blogs, and portrayals of the disease
in film and television. Students will grapple with the central question of “What has been the impact of cancer on various cultures over time, place and space?” Topics of inquiry will include cancer in ancient civilizations, early modern scientific ideas about cancer and the body in Europe, patients’ writings about their illnesses from 1750 to present, the discovery of radiation and chemotherapy, and the proliferation of cancer charities and awareness campaigns in the current day. By the end of this class, students will be equipped to discuss the long history of cancer and its role in culture, politics, economics, and science across the globe.