Epidemics and International Responses
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NINT 5114
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • International Affairs
  • Social Justice
  • Biology
This global health course investigates the role of biology and biotechnology in relation to infectious diseases in the context of economic and social development, human rights, and conflict. The course analyzes four infectious diseases that have escaped elimination (cholera, malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS) and students explore the very neglected diseases (dengue, sleeping sickness, and others). Students learn the biology behind these diseases on a “need-to-know” basis and read from a variety of literature sources and Web-based databases. The focus is on appropriate technology and delivery for diagnosis, surveillance, prevention, and treatment. Some class sessions involve situational dilemmas solved through collaborations involving individuals with expertise in economics, politics, and cultural studies. This is an analytical writing and social justice intensive course. This course satisfies an Elective Requirement for the Interdisciplinary Science major and elective for the Global Studies and Journalism + Design majors. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor required for undergraduates; email instructor chamanyk@newschool.edu during registration and provide an academic writing sample.
Course Open to: Majors Only