Undergraduate Courses

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Ancient Medicine
AS.130.119 (01)

A survey of medicine and medical practice in the ancient Near East and, to a lesser extent, the Aegean world. The abundant sources range from magical spells to surprisingly “scientific” treatises and handbooks. Readings are selected from translations of primary sources in the writings of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, Greece, and Rome. Topics will include the sources of our knowledge; the nature of medical practitioners, medical treatment, and surgery; beliefs about disease and the etiology of illness; concepts of contagion and ritual purity.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/100
  • PosTag(s): NEAS-HISCUL

Rise of Modern Science
AS.140.302 (01)

Survey of important achievements in modern science from Newton to the Hubble Space Telescope, with topics drawn from physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and geology. Examines how science has shaped the modern world.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/20
  • PosTag(s): GECS-SOCSCI

History of Modern Medicine
AS.140.106 (01)

The history of Western medicine from the Enlightenment to the present, with emphasis on ideas, science, practices, practitioners, and institutions, and the relationship of these to the broad social context.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

History of Modern Medicine
AS.140.106 (04)

The history of Western medicine from the Enlightenment to the present, with emphasis on ideas, science, practices, practitioners, and institutions, and the relationship of these to the broad social context.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

History of Modern Medicine
AS.140.106 (05)

The history of Western medicine from the Enlightenment to the present, with emphasis on ideas, science, practices, practitioners, and institutions, and the relationship of these to the broad social context.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 18/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Science and Technology in Slave Regimes
AS.140.328 (01)

What does science and technology look like in slave regimes? This seminar explores this question from a trans-national perspective by comparing cases in the Antebellum US, Cuba, Brazil and other countries.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST, MSCH-HUM

Rise of Modern Science
AS.140.302 (02)

Survey of important achievements in modern science from Newton to the Hubble Space Telescope, with topics drawn from physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and geology. Examines how science has shaped the modern world.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/20
  • PosTag(s): GECS-SOCSCI

Humanoid Robots in Global History
AS.140.341 (01)

Humanoid machines reflect their creators’ ideals of humanity. Comparing examples from societies across the globe we will investigate what factors shaped these ideals, and how they manifested in technological design.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

History of Modern Medicine
AS.140.106 (02)

The history of Western medicine from the Enlightenment to the present, with emphasis on ideas, science, practices, practitioners, and institutions, and the relationship of these to the broad social context.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

"We Came in Peace for All Mankind": America's Space Program in Historical Context
AS.140.342 (01)

For sixty years space exploration has been a fundamental part of American identity and culture, its imagery and rhetoric invoked everywhere from the Halls of Congress to movie theaters and shopping malls. When, how, and why did spaceflight become central to our nation’s sense of self? We will answer this question through a survey of the history of space exploration and, by proxy, of the United States. America’s celestial achievements are in every way a reflection of its terrestrial concerns: domestic politics, international relations, capitalism, civil rights, science, and contemporary culture.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

History of Modern Medicine
AS.140.106 (03)

The history of Western medicine from the Enlightenment to the present, with emphasis on ideas, science, practices, practitioners, and institutions, and the relationship of these to the broad social context.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

History of the Earth and Environment
AS.140.388 (01)

The earth we know today is very different from that which scientists debated little more than 100 years ago. While scientists today hold the earth to be roughly 4.5 billion years old, at the turn of the 20th century there was little agreement about the earth’s age, and geologists’ estimates did not exceed 100 million years. And while today scientists agree that the continents sit atop lithospheric plates that move and interact, giving rise to volcanoes, earthquakes, mountain ranges, and deep ocean trenches, the earth of the 19tth-century was one that was slowly cooling and shrinking. In addition to getting older and less static, the earth of the 20th century also yielded up some of its uniqueness, as it ceased to be the only planet under the purview of those fields that would collectively become known as the earth and planetary sciences. A Cold War program in planetary exploration of the Moon, Mars and Venus extended inquiry into the other rocky bodies of the solar system and placed what was known about the earth into a broader context. Finally, an environmental movement and the discovery of anthropogenic climate change showed the earth to be more vulnerable and susceptible to human activities than previously imagined. These changes not only affected our intellectual understanding of the earth, they also came along with changes in the way we as a society conceptualize the nature of global problems, their causes and their impacts. In this course we will examine our changing view of the earth and the world in the 20th century with a focus on the interrelatedness of science, society, and culture.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/18
  • PosTag(s): ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR

Research Seminar
AS.140.412 (01)

Departmental Majors Writing a Senior Thesis Only

  • Credits: 2.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Plagues, Power, and Social Control
AS.230.306 (01)

While developments in biomedicine and health care have led to the eradication, cure and management of many human health problems, disease, illness and health have also been the focus for aggressive social controls and population management. The technologies and practices of disease control and health management have been foundational to some of the most aggressive structures of oppression in recent history such as the Jewish Ghetto, the Concentration Camp, the South African Township and techniques of segregation. This course seeks to explore how epidemics and disease control are linked to larger questions of power, state craft and international dynamics. This course asks how have outbreaks of infectious disease shaped social and political action? How do societies respond to outbreaks and why? What do epidemic moments tell us about global structures of power and the dynamics of control? Drawing on historical cases including plague during the European Renaissance and before, the HIV/AIDS Pandemic and the West African Ebola Outbreak of 2013-2016, this course will introduce students to the history and practices of disease control as well as important theoretical perspectives by which to understand the sociological and historical effects of disease and the responses to them. Students will engage sociological concepts such as biopolitics, social construction of disease and illness and biosecurity and produce a final research paper examining the outcomes and responses to an epidemic event to show mastery of the topics covered in the course.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-IR, INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST

Ways of Knowing: New Histories of Science, Medicine, and Technology
AS.140.435 (01)

What does it mean for science to have a history? Comparing newer approaches with classic works, we will explore different strategies for placing science, medicine, and technology in social context.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

Individualized Medicine from Antiquity to the Genome Age
AS.140.391 (01)

A seminar for advanced undergraduates. We explore the notion of the individual in medicine over twenty-five centuries, from the Hippocratics to the invention of the case study during the Renaissance to the current JHU medical curriculum. The history of medicine survey, AS.140.105 or AS.140.106, is recommended though not required. Graduate students are welcomed but should expect to do additional work and readings.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/15
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.130.119 (01)Ancient MedicineMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMJasnow, RichardGilman 50NEAS-HISCUL
AS.140.302 (01)Rise of Modern ScienceMW 9:00AM - 9:50AM, F 9:00AM - 9:50AMKingsland, Sharon EGilman 132GECS-SOCSCI
AS.140.106 (01)History of Modern MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMComfort, NathanielGilman 50
AS.140.106 (04)History of Modern MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMComfort, NathanielGilman 50
AS.140.106 (05)History of Modern MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMComfort, NathanielGilman 50
AS.140.328 (01)Science and Technology in Slave RegimesW 1:30PM - 3:50PMKargon, Robert H, Portuondo, Maria MGilman 300INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST, MSCH-HUM
AS.140.302 (02)Rise of Modern ScienceMW 9:00AM - 9:50AM, F 9:00AM - 9:50AMKingsland, Sharon EGilman 132GECS-SOCSCI
AS.140.341 (01)Humanoid Robots in Global HistoryM 3:00PM - 5:20PMFrumer, YuliaGilman 377
AS.140.106 (02)History of Modern MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMComfort, NathanielGilman 50
AS.140.342 (01)"We Came in Peace for All Mankind": America's Space Program in Historical ContextTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMMargolis, EmilyGilman 300
AS.140.106 (03)History of Modern MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMComfort, NathanielGilman 50
AS.140.388 (01)History of the Earth and EnvironmentTh 1:30PM - 3:50PMShindell, MatthewGilman 134ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR
AS.140.412 (01)Research SeminarMercelis, Joris Hans Angele 
AS.230.306 (01)Plagues, Power, and Social ControlT 3:00PM - 5:30PMWhite, AlexandreShaffer 202INST-IR, INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST
AS.140.435 (01)Ways of Knowing: New Histories of Science, Medicine, and TechnologyT 1:30PM - 3:50PMFrumer, Yulia, Greene, JeremyGilman 300MSCH-HUM
AS.140.391 (01)Individualized Medicine from Antiquity to the Genome AgeT 4:30PM - 6:50PMComfort, Nathaniel, Pomata, GiannaGilman 300MSCH-HUM