Science & Politics of Infectious Diseases

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Sci. Pol. Infect. Diseases
Fall 2023
Taught By: Jordan Hoffman
Section: A

CRN: 15706

Credits: 4

This course investigates the role that infectious diseases play in our changing world and explores how we can apply an ethical and socially just course of action around surveillance, prevention, experimentation, and treatment. Course discussions and readings review the science of the complex interaction between host and pathogen, the biological processes underlying infection, treatment, and prevention, and the socio-economic/political factors that influence infectious disease progression, such as urbanization, climate change, and cultural practices. Topics include: the human immune system, the rise of drug resistant microbes, and biotechnological advances in diagnostic and vaccine development. The impact of neglected diseases, environmental stewardship, human experimentation, and drug development and access will be used to bring a social justice dimension to the scientific learning. Each student is assigned a disease for the semester and presents both the biological and the sociological perspectives of the disease during the last third of the class. This course satisfies the approved 2000-level foundation requirement or the elective requirement for the IS major. For the IS minor, this course satisfies the foundation requirement.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Natural Sciences & Mathematics (NSM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:32pm EST 2/22/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 618
Date Range: 8/28/2023 - 12/11/2023