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2015-2016 Catalog

HIST 217 From Leprosy to Ebola: Health in African History

Africa has long been associated with disease and disaster, and this course will explore the formation of this negative stereotype by unpacking Africa's reputation as the "dark continent." Through the lens of such health topics as epidemics, humanitarianism, sexuality, and medical research, we will analyze how the current prejudice of Africa as a place of sickness and misfortune arose, and how Europe and America became complicit in and benefited from the ill health of Africans. [SS, GM1]