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University of Toronto Scarborough
Health Studies
Caroline Barakat

University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Department of Social Sciences HLTA01 PLAGUES AND PEOPLE Winter 2011 Meeting Time: Wednesday 10:00 12:00 noon Meeting Room: AC223 Tutorial Times: Mondays at 10:00 - T1 in BV471, T2 in BV498, T3 in BV469, and T7 in BV462 Mondays at 11:00 T4 in BV471, T5 in BV498, T6 in BV469 Professor: Caroline Barakat-Haddad Office: BV 500 Phone: (416) 208 2700 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Wednesdays 8:00 9:00 am (except Jan 19 and Mar 2 Office hours th are Mondays 8:00 9:00 am, Feb 23 Reading week) up to and including April 6 . Office hours are also available by appointment. Teaching Assistants: TBA COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course considers the origins, antiquity, and impact of plagues on human societies from cultural, evolutionary, epidemiological, and ecological perspectives. The course will start with an introduction to disease ecology followed by a focus on historic, contemporary, and newly-emerging epidemics. The aim is to understand why plagues emerge and how their occurrence is intimately linked to human behaviour. The main goal is to provide insight into the struggles of attaining disease control and the challenges of forecasting emerging plagues. COURSE OBJECTIVES: To develop an understanding of introductory concepts in disease ecology in relation to plagues and epidemics To introduce students to historic plagues that had a major effect on human societies To provide an understanding of the effects of various plagues and epidemics while considering cultural, evolutionary, epidemiological, and ecological themes 1
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