Aug 07, 2020
ENTOM 2100 - Plagues and People (crosslisted) BSOC 2101
Fall. 2-3 credits, variable. Student option grading.
Students taking course for 3 credits participate in two lectures and one weekly discussion section. If taken for 3 credits, will count toward supplementary science distribution in Arts and Sciences (PBSS-AS) and satisfies the Physical and Life Sciences requirement in Agriculture and Life Sciences. This class may be taken as an elective for the Global Health Minor.
L. Harrington, M. Caillaud.
Human diseases have affected human lives and society through history. This course focuses on the pathogens, parasites, and arthropods causing human plagues through multiple perspectives (biomedical, social, ethical, cultural). Those plagues that have had the greatest impact on human culture and expression are emphasized. Lectures are supplemented with readings, videos and discussions. Also addresses emerging diseases, bioterrorism, and future plagues. Students taking the course for 3 credits participate in one discussion session each week and may do a comprehensive final project rather than a final exam.
Outcome 1: 1.1 able to explain the biology, transmission and factors that lead to disease outbreaks based on investigation of in-depth examples from the class.
1.2. aware of the sources that report emerging infectious diseases and how the media can influence public perception of diseases.
1.3. able to explain the historical impact of some key infectious diseases.
1.4. know some of the key people who have contributed to or impacted historical disease outbreaks (e.g. Typhoid Mary).
1.5. able to describe how bioterror agents are categorized and some pathogens and/or parasites that may cause future epidemics.
Outcome 2: 2.1. able to describe key factors (e.g. reassortment, mutation, host shifting) that can lead to the emergence of a new pathogen or parasite.
2.2. able to provide specific examples of how pathogens have cause major outbreaks (pandemic flu, SARS).
Outcome 3: 3.1. able to discuss the ways some arthropod-borne infections have impacted human health in the past, present and future.
3.2. able to explain to others (those not knowledgeable about the topic) the impacts of arthropods on human health.
Outcome 4: 4.1 able to objectively understand and articulate the facts and fears surrounding disease outbreaks.
4.2 able to engage in informed debate about issues related to disease outbreaks.
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