What makes a disease? Diseases are more than biological phenomena. They are also socially and culturally created. How do these aspects communicate to “create” a disease, and how does this conception change how we analyze them? In this course, we will examine several key diseases: leprosy, asthma, and hay fever, and consider what “makes” the disease. We will then apply the same strategies to COVID-19 as a class.
Our department is interested in the structure and development of the natural, social, and medical sciences, and how they intersect with science and society. We offer a diverse set of courses for undergraduates interested in the foundations of scientific knowledge, methods, and practices. You can investigate the rise of science and medicine from their origins to the present moment, while considering the social and intellectual impacts of science and medicine.