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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History of Modern Medicine
AS.140.106 (01)

The history of medicine and public health 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
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: O'brien, Elizabeth
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

History of Modern Medicine
AS.140.106 (02)

The history of medicine and public health 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
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: O'brien, Elizabeth
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

History of Modern Medicine
AS.140.106 (03)

The history of medicine and public health 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
  • Days/Times: F 11:00AM - 11:50AM, MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: O'brien, Elizabeth
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

History of Modern Medicine
AS.140.106 (04)

The history of medicine and public health 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
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: O'brien, Elizabeth
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 17/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

History of Public Health in East Asia
AS.140.146 (01)

This course examines the history of disease, epidemics, and public health responses in East Asia from the 17th-20th centuries. This public health history emphasizes the interactions, connections, and comparisons among China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level:
  • Days/Times: MWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM
  • Instructor: Hanson, Marta
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/30
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL

Freshman Seminar: Lives in Science
AS.140.168 (01)

In this seminar, we will examine the history of science and scientific medicine through the lens of biography. Readings will consist primarily of scientific biographies. Themes to consider include integrating a scientist’s life and work, stereotypes of scientists (hero, villain, martyr, etc.), women in science, race in science. Textual analysis and research and writing skills will also figure in our discussions. Students will write a term paper on a scientist or physician of their choice, on approval of the instructor. Writing intensive.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Comfort, Nathaniel
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Public Health in East Asia Through Films & Documentaries
AS.140.176 (01)

This course uses contemporary films and documentaries to address issues in public health in East Asia, past & present. Topics covered include medicine in turn-of-the-twentieth century Japan and China, revolutionary medicine, STDS, mental illness, HIV/AIDs in China, industrial pollution, the politics of universal health care insurance, and pandemics in East Asia.

  • Credits: 1.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 6:30PM - 7:30PM
  • Instructor: Hanson, Marta
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 1/50
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Rise of Modern Science
AS.140.302 (01)

Survey of major scientific developments from the mid-18th century to the present.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Mercelis, Joris Hans Angele
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/15
  • PosTag(s): GECS-SOCSCI

Rise of Modern Science
AS.140.302 (02)

Survey of major scientific developments from the mid-18th century to the present.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Mercelis, Joris Hans Angele
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/15
  • PosTag(s): GECS-SOCSCI

Rise of Modern Science
AS.140.302 (03)

Survey of major scientific developments from the mid-18th century to the present.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Mercelis, Joris Hans Angele
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/15
  • PosTag(s): GECS-SOCSCI

Science and Utopia
AS.140.327 (01)

This seminar will explore the complex interaction between science, technology and utopian/dystopian thought from the late nineteenth century. Major utopians will include Bellamy, H.G. Wells, Mark Twain, Frank Lloyd Wright, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Sinclair Lewis, B.F. Skinner, Margaret Atwood, and Walt Disney.

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

Force and Matter from Galileo to Maxwell's Field Theory
AS.140.374 (01)

This seminar will trace the concept of force and its interaction with matter from Galileo in the late sixteenth century to rise of field theory in the work of James Clerk Maxwell in the late nineteenth century. Major figures to be studied through primary source readings are Galileo, Kepler, Descartes, Hobbes, Newton, Boscovich, Schelling, Laplace, Fourier, Faraday, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) and Maxwell.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Kargon, Robert H
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Architecture and Medicine: Matters of Life and Death
AS.140.378 (01)

This interdisciplinary seminar will be synchronously co-taught by scholars at Rutgers and Johns Hopkins. The subject matter lies between the history of medicine and the history of architecture. We hope to engage you in a range of issues related to space and healthcare by surveying building types such as hospitals, maternity hospitals, nurses’ housing, lunatic asylums, prisons and dormitories. We will explore architects who worked closely with doctors and vice versa. We will consider issues of surveillance, race, and gender. Aspects of contagion, quarantine, and the history of public health will also enter our discussions. The importance of therapeutic architecture today will be the last subject before the student presentations. The current global health emergency, as related to past pandemics, will be a springboard for our weekly discussions.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:10PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Leslie, Stuart W
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research Seminar
AS.140.412 (01)

Departmental Majors Writing a Senior Thesis Only

  • Credits: 2.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Leslie, Stuart W
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Campus Life, Now and Then
AS.365.104 (05)

What was it that the Hopkins undergraduates of old did all day? Before the AMRs appeared on campus, where did they live? Where did they study without the D-Level? What passed for campus social life in those days before women joined the student body? Were fraternity antics all just good clean fun? Any campus pranks achieve truly epic status? Has the current pandemic changed everything? (We survived influenza in 1918, after all.) Join us for a look at Hopkins history through the eyes of your predecessors.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Leslie, Stuart W
  • Room: Ames 234
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Foreign at Home: Asian Scientists at Johns Hopkins
AS.365.104 (06)

Today Johns Hopkins prides itself on its diverse body of scholars, doctors, and researchers. This course will follow scientists from East Asia who decided to make Johns Hopkins University their home. We will follow their professional trajectories, explore their struggles with international politics, and examine the effects of their “Asian” identity on their ability to conduct research. As a Freshman Seminar, the course will emphasize the acquisition of academic skills including navigating university resources, formulating research questions and hypotheses, structuring and writing a research paper, and presenting research findings in a public setting.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Frumer, Yulia
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/14
  • PosTag(s): n/a

When Worlds Collide: Science Goes Global
AS.365.105 (01)

In this freshmen seminar we will explore instances of contact between different world cultures and pre-modern and modern science (16th-20th c.). The premise of the course is the understanding that in addition to the cultural, religious and political negotiations that took place during cross-cultural encounters, science also underwent a similar process. We understand science expansively, as the study of nature and the production of knowledge about it embedded in a particular cultural context. The historical episodes we will discuss are selections of instances where agents of the West—missionaries, explorers, businessmen, colonists, scientists—established prolonged contact with non-western cultures and engaged in conversations about their worldviews. Some cases considered include Jesuits in the Chinese imperial court, Spanish missionaries and the Maya, and English explorers in the Pacific islands.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Portuondo, Maria M
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.140.106 (01)History of Modern MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMO'brien, Elizabeth 
AS.140.106 (02)History of Modern MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMO'brien, Elizabeth 
AS.140.106 (03)History of Modern MedicineF 11:00AM - 11:50AM, MW 10:00AM - 10:50AMO'brien, Elizabeth 
AS.140.106 (04)History of Modern MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMO'brien, Elizabeth 
AS.140.146 (01)History of Public Health in East AsiaMWF 9:00AM - 9:50AMHanson, Marta INST-GLOBAL
AS.140.168 (01)Freshman Seminar: Lives in ScienceT 1:30PM - 4:00PMComfort, Nathaniel 
AS.140.176 (01)Public Health in East Asia Through Films & DocumentariesTh 6:30PM - 7:30PMHanson, Marta 
AS.140.302 (01)Rise of Modern ScienceMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMMercelis, Joris Hans Angele GECS-SOCSCI
AS.140.302 (02)Rise of Modern ScienceMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMMercelis, Joris Hans Angele GECS-SOCSCI
AS.140.302 (03)Rise of Modern ScienceMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMMercelis, Joris Hans Angele GECS-SOCSCI
AS.140.327 (01)Science and UtopiaW 1:30PM - 4:00PMKargon, Robert H 
AS.140.374 (01)Force and Matter from Galileo to Maxwell's Field TheoryM 1:30PM - 4:00PMKargon, Robert H 
AS.140.378 (01)Architecture and Medicine: Matters of Life and DeathW 1:10PM - 4:00PMLeslie, Stuart W 
AS.140.412 (01)Research SeminarLeslie, Stuart W 
AS.365.104 (05)Campus Life, Now and ThenTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMLeslie, Stuart WAmes 234
AS.365.104 (06)Foreign at Home: Asian Scientists at Johns HopkinsTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMFrumer, Yulia 
AS.365.105 (01)When Worlds Collide: Science Goes GlobalTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMPortuondo, Maria M