Undergraduate Courses

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The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found on the Student Information Services (SIS) website.

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Race, Racism and Medicine
AS.140.227 (01)

How can we think about the interconnections between racism, theories of race and the practice of medicine? Living at a moment when racial disparities in health outcomes in the United States are still very stark, this course will provide a historically grounded approach to thinking about the roles that race and racism have played in healthcare, the production of health disparities as well as the role of medicine in the development of racist thought. While much of this course will focus geographically within the United States, this class will also explore global histories of medicine, encountering questions of race and medicine in Africa, the South Pacific and Asia. In addition to the analysis of primary source documents and historical texts, students will also be introduced to theoretical approaches to the study of race and racism from W.E.B. Dubois, Sylvia Wynter, Frantz Fanon and others.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: White, Alexandre Ilani Rein
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/30
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL

History of Medicine
AS.140.105 (02)

Course provides an overview of the medical traditions of six ancient cultures; the development of Greek and Islamic traditions in Europe; and the reform and displacement of the Classical traditions during the Scientific Revolution.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Hanson, Marta
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 1/15
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

History of Medicine
AS.140.105 (04)

Course provides an overview of the medical traditions of six ancient cultures; the development of Greek and Islamic traditions in Europe; and the reform and displacement of the Classical traditions during the Scientific Revolution.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Hanson, Marta
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

Freshman Seminar: Culture, Communication & Technology
AS.140.108 (01)

This seminar traces the evolution and impact of oral transmission, writing, print, photography, film, and electric and electronic media of communication from antiquity to the present. Readings, films, discussion.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Kargon, Robert H
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

Health & Society in Latin America & the Caribbean
AS.140.231 (01)

Healthcare is complex in Latin America and the Caribbean, where many people supplement biomedicine with plant and diet-based remedies, as well as religious and shamanic services. This course will cover the history of health and society in Latin America and the Caribbean from 1750 to the present, covering such topics as: medicine and the Spanish inquisition; disease control and tropical medicine; the medical knowledge of enslaved and indigenous peoples; reproduction and nation-state formation; and healthcare during the Cold War and its aftermath. Throughout, we will also consider the ways in which ideas about race, gender, indigeneity, class, and disability have affected people’s access to healthcare. By the end of the course we will understand why leading scholars have referred to Latin America and the Caribbean as a “laboratory” for the production of medical knowledge. We will discover how that knowledge has been influenced by common people as well as professionals, and how it has influenced medical practice around the world. This is a discussion-based seminar course. It does not assume any previous knowledge of the history of medicine or Latin American and Caribbean history.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: O'brien, Elizabeth
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/25
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL

Science And Religion
AS.140.306 (01)

Science and religion are crucial influences on Western culture. This course examines their interrelations during the past 2000 years, including the Athens-Jerusalem debate, medieval theology, the Galileo affair, evolution, and current issues.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Principe, Lawrence
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/20
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

History of Medicine
AS.140.105 (03)

Course provides an overview of the medical traditions of six ancient cultures; the development of Greek and Islamic traditions in Europe; and the reform and displacement of the Classical traditions during the Scientific Revolution.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Hanson, Marta
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

Science And Religion
AS.140.306 (02)

Science and religion are crucial influences on Western culture. This course examines their interrelations during the past 2000 years, including the Athens-Jerusalem debate, medieval theology, the Galileo affair, evolution, and current issues.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Principe, Lawrence
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/20
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

History of Medicine
AS.140.105 (01)

Course provides an overview of the medical traditions of six ancient cultures; the development of Greek and Islamic traditions in Europe; and the reform and displacement of the Classical traditions during the Scientific Revolution.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Hanson, Marta
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

Scientific Revolution
AS.140.321 (01)

How did the Western understanding of nature change between 1500 and 1720? We'll study the period through the works of astronomers and astrologers, naturalists and magi, natural philosophers and experimentalists, doctors and alchemists & many others.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 9:00AM - 9:50AM, F 9:00AM - 9:50AM
  • Instructor: Portuondo, Maria M
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/17
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

Scientific Revolution
AS.140.321 (02)

How did the Western understanding of nature change between 1500 and 1720? We'll study the period through the works of astronomers and astrologers, naturalists and magi, natural philosophers and experimentalists, doctors and alchemists & many others.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 9:00AM - 9:50AM, F 9:00AM - 9:50AM
  • Instructor: Portuondo, Maria M
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/17
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

Science & Technology in the Development of Modern Latin America
AS.140.339 (01)

This seminar will survey the development of science and technology in modern Latin America, and explore their dynamics in the context of cultural, political, and economic forces.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Alsina, Marc Joseph
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, MSCH-HUM

The American Illness Experience
AS.140.366 (01)

What does it mean to be ill in America? How has the experience of illness in America changed across time and space, from the early 19th century to the present day, from the home, to the hospital, from the community clinic to the rural frontier? How might illness experience be different for Americans across the race, gender, and sexual orientation spectrums? How do medical providers and other caregivers relate to illness, sickness, suffering, and death? In this class we will approach these, and other questions regarding illness through a variety of methodological lenses, including literature, anthropology, sociology, and history. This course will encourage students to think critically about how trends in the history of medicine such as the rise and fall of American public hospital medicine, the regulation and standardization of medical education, improved and expanded medical technologies, and changing attitudes towards childbirth, death, and dying have impacted patient and provider experiences. Throughout the course, students will also take three field trips—to the Ronald McDonald House of Maryland, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Gilchrist Hospice—and learn from special guests who have experienced particular illnesses as patients or providers. At least one prior course in History of Medicine is recommended but not required.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Koretzky, Maya Alison Overby
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/16
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Senior Research Seminar
AS.140.411 (01)

For majors pursuing independent research.

  • Credits: 2.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Leslie, Stuart W
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

The University and Society
AS.190.471 (01)

In the 20th century, American universities became the envy of the world, leading in most categories of scholarly productivity and attracting students from every nation. In recent years, though, American higher education has come to face a number of challenges including rapidly rising costs, administrative bloat, corporatization and moocification. We will examine the problems and promises of American higher education, the political struggles within the university and the place of the university in the larger society. Upper classes and Grad Students only.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Ginsberg, Benjamin, Kargon, Robert H
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-AP

Science and Science Fiction in Global Perspective
AS.140.423 (01)

What can we learn from science fiction about the history of science and technology? What ideas about science do Sci-Fi novels manifest? Is the relationship between science and science fiction always the same, across different time periods and geographical areas? This course will explore these questions by taking a comparative perspective. Each meeting we will read a Sci-Fi novel from Europe, America, South and East Asia, and discuss it in conjunction with historical writing about relevant scientific developments. Reading Sci-Fi novels from 17th-century Germany, 19th-century England and India, and 20th-century Japan, China, Korea and the US, the students will explore how actual scientific developments were reflected in fiction, and what fictional depictions say about the aspirations and anxieties provoked by new technologies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 3:00PM - 5:20PM
  • Instructor: Frumer, Yulia
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/18
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, INST-CP

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.140.227 (01)Race, Racism and MedicineTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMWhite, Alexandre Ilani Rein INST-GLOBAL
AS.140.105 (02)History of MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMHanson, Marta MSCH-HUM
AS.140.105 (04)History of MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMHanson, Marta MSCH-HUM
AS.140.108 (01)Freshman Seminar: Culture, Communication & TechnologyM 1:30PM - 4:00PMKargon, Robert H MSCH-HUM
AS.140.231 (01)Health & Society in Latin America & the CaribbeanTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMO'brien, Elizabeth INST-GLOBAL
AS.140.306 (01)Science And ReligionMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMPrincipe, Lawrence MSCH-HUM
AS.140.105 (03)History of MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMHanson, Marta MSCH-HUM
AS.140.306 (02)Science And ReligionMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMPrincipe, Lawrence MSCH-HUM
AS.140.105 (01)History of MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMHanson, Marta MSCH-HUM
AS.140.321 (01)Scientific RevolutionMW 9:00AM - 9:50AM, F 9:00AM - 9:50AMPortuondo, Maria M MSCH-HUM
AS.140.321 (02)Scientific RevolutionMW 9:00AM - 9:50AM, F 9:00AM - 9:50AMPortuondo, Maria M MSCH-HUM
AS.140.339 (01)Science & Technology in the Development of Modern Latin AmericaMW 3:00PM - 4:15PMAlsina, Marc Joseph INST-GLOBAL, MSCH-HUM
AS.140.366 (01)The American Illness ExperienceMW 3:00PM - 4:15PMKoretzky, Maya Alison Overby 
AS.140.411 (01)Senior Research SeminarLeslie, Stuart W 
AS.190.471 (01)The University and SocietyW 1:30PM - 4:00PMGinsberg, Benjamin, Kargon, Robert H INST-AP
AS.140.423 (01)Science and Science Fiction in Global PerspectiveT 3:00PM - 5:20PMFrumer, Yulia INST-GLOBAL, INST-CP