Current Courses

Most courses are open to medical students. For more information, please get in touch with the individual faculty

Fall 2014

Graduate Courses

HSHM 701a/AMST 878a/HIST 930a,  Problems in the History of Medicine and Public Health.  John Harley Warner
An examination of the variety of approaches to the social, cultural, and intellectual history of medicine, focusing on the United States. Reading and discussion of the recent scholarly literature on medical cultures, public health, and illness experiences from the early national period through the present. Topics include the role of gender, class, ethnicity, race, relition, and region in the experience of health care and sickness and in the construction of medical knowledge; the interplay between lay and professional understandings of the body; the role of the marketplace in shaping professional identities and patient expectations; citizenship, nationalism, and imperialism; and the visual cultures of medicine.  W 1:30 - 3:20

HSHM 716a/HIST 936a, Early Modern Science and Medicine.  Paola Bertucci
The course focuses on recent works in the history of science and medicine in the early modern world. We discuss how interdisciplinary approaches--including economic and urban history, sociology and anthropology of science, gender studies, art and colonial history--have challenged the classic historiographical category of "the Scientific Revolution." We also discuss the avenues for research that new approaches to early modern science and medicine have opened up, placing special emphasis on the circulation of knowledge, practices of collecting, and visual and material culture.  Th 1:30 - 3:20

HSHM 739a/HIST 941a, Historical Perspectives on Science and Religion.  Ivano Dal Prete

The interaction between science and religion examined from a historical standpoint. The course discusses pivotal problems raised by science and religion studies, and explores the historical roots of modern issues. Topics include:   natural philosophy in medieval Islam and Christianity, the rise of Biblical literalism, heterodox cosmologies in the Renaissance, religion and the scientific revolution, the history of evolutionism vs. creationist theories.  M  1:30 - 3:20  

Spring 2015

HSHM 702b/HIST 931b, Problems in the History of Science.  Paola Bertucci
Close study of recent secondary literature in the history of the physical and life sciences. An inclusive overview of the emergence and diversity of scientific ways of knowing, major scientific theories and methods, and the role of science in politics, capitalism, war, and everyday life. Discussions focus on historians' different analytic and interpretive approaches.  1:30 - 3:20

HSHM 713b/HIST 913b, Geography and History.  William Rankin
A research seminar focused on methodological questions of geography and geographic analysis in historical scholarship. We consider approaches ranging from the Annales School of the early twentieth century to contemporary research in environmental history, history of science, urban history, and more. We also explore interdisciplinary work in social theory, historical geography, and anthropology and grapple with the promise (and drawbacks) of GIS. Students may write their research papers on any time period or geographic region, and no previous experience with geography or GIS is necessary. Undergraduates are admitted with permission.  W 9:25 - 11:15

HSHM 736b/HIST 943b/WGSS 736b, Health Politics, Body Politics.  Naomi Rogers
A reading seminar on struggles to control, pathologize, and normalize human bodies, with a particular focus on science, medicine, and the state, both in North America and in a broader global health context. Topics include disease, race and politics; repression and regulation of birth control; the politics of adoption; domestic and global population control; feminist health movements; and the pathologizing and identity politics of disabled people.  T 1:30 - 3:20

HSHM 738a/HIST 928a, Medicine and the Human Sciences.  Henry Cowles

This seminar presents an overview of the history of the human sciences--broadly defined. How have science and medicine been brought to bear on human nature in various times and places? How have scholars grappled with these efforts, especially in the last decade? And how might we build on their scholarship in our own work? We take as our starting point not the disciplines of the human sciences (e.g. psychology, anthropology, and sociology) but rather a set of practices that scientists and doctors have put to use on minds, bodies, and societies. Such practices cut across disciplinary divides--and so will we, engaging with work by anthropologists, philosophers, and literary scholars alongside that of historians of science and medicine. Students may take the course as either a reading or research seminar, meaning those taking it for credit may submit either a historiographical essay or an original research piece for their final paper.   T 3:30-5:20