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A signature education initiative of Duke University

Pandemics, Health & Power

Literatures and Films of Pandemics

ICS 251S

Course is taught in English; Russian language skills not necessary. This course explores past pandemics as a way to think about how to best live through COVID-19 and prevent or minimize future pandemics. Through examining literature and film, we will analyze the psychosocial dimensions of pandemic. We will read a variety of texts including: histories,  fiction (Bulgakov, Porter, Tolstoy, Colson Whitehead); short essays; and films (e.g., Contagion, Outbreak). How do science, medicine, and society interact in a time of pandemic?  How do pandemics reveal social inequities, and how could we use this knowledge to decrease disparities? And why do people turn to the humanities and arts in times of pandemic?

Instructor: Jehanne Gheith, MSW, LCSW, Ph.D.


Fall 2021

Crosslisting Numbers: 
  • GLHLTH 278S
  • RUSSIAN 278S
  • LIT 278S
  • ENGLISH 243S
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