This course will examine social and ethical responses to pandemic disease. This Core Curriculum Capstone encourages the student to reflect on the “three questions” by focusing on how societies and individuals should respond to potentially catastrophic events. To accomplish this, we will examine a number of case studies, beginning with the bubonic plague of the 14th century, the ongoing AIDS epidemic, and the current controversy over the publication of pandemic flu research. The class will apply relevant observations from these cases studies as they analyze and debate a contemporary problem of social significance related to pandemic disease. This capstone will place a very high emphasis on skills of reflective reading, critical writing, and oral communication.
Inspired by Mark Anielski's book, The Economics of Happiness, this course investigates, from the perspectives of various discplines, including religion and economics, the global values that lead to human happiness and well-being.
- Professor: Milton Horne