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CCHU9003 Making History: Engaging with the Powerful Past (Dr. Schneider)
The past is no longer present, but its influence can be felt everywhere. We connect
with the past in many ways in our everyday lives. Movies, websites, newspapers and magazines bombard us with recreations of pasts familiar
and unfamiliar. But what relevance or value does the past have in a globalizing world? Why should we care about the past? Could it help us
to build a better future? Is there such a thing as a 'true' historical account? What is the relationship between commercial, political and
professional discourses of the past? And how do these relate to our own memories of the past? This course engages with these questions from
multiple perspectives. It brings students face to face with the myriad ways in which the past is present in our lives today, and the importance
of thinking historically. The course introduces students to the richness and value inherent in reading, writing and reflecting on the past; or
in other words, making history.
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CCGL9003 Contagions: Global Histories of Disease (Dr. Peckham)
How have epidemics shaped the modern world? In what ways has globalization contributed to the spread of disease?
And how can historical awareness help us meet the challenges of the present and reconsider the relationship between the local and the global?
This course addresses these critical issues from a number of perspectives, mapping the intertwined histories of globalization and infection
from fifteenth-century European conquests of the 'New World' to the present. The course explores the economic, political and social processes
that have contributed to the rise of global epidemics, including: early modern transoceanic exchanges, the slave trade to the Western hemisphere,
global conflicts and epidemics, imperial responses to contagion, the rise of global health agencies after WWII, and emergent twenty-first-century
animal-to-human infections such as SARS and avian flu in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa. Within this broad scope, the course engages with
a number of fundamental questions: How and under what conditions did the 'unification of the world by disease' come about? What challenges to
global security does this infectious interconnectedness pose? What potential might globalization offer in helping to contain epidemics?
and How, and with what consequences, has the past shaped the way we think about contagious outbreaks today?
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