Course description

This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

A course in the social history of medicine that examines the ways in which medicine and its practitioners have impacted-and been impacted by-American social, political, cultural, and economic development. The course focuses on the changing nature of disease, the medical profession past and present as well as historical and contemporary issues in pubic health. Films on different diseases and medical issues are shown twice weekly in the afternoons and there are daily morning discussion sections with teaching assistants to talk about reading and writing assignments. Students are evaluated on written assignments, participation in lectures and discussion sections, and performance on an in-class final.

Summer 2023: Online course

Jennifer Leigh  Lieberman
Jennifer Leigh Lieberman
Visiting professor, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University
Section ID:STS 1451 001-LEC
Session:Summer 3-week 3
Class dates:July 10-28, 2023
Final exam/project due:Friday July 28, 11:59 PM (see Final exams)
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Mode of instruction:Online (async)
Instructor:Lieberman, J. (jll338)
Max. enroll:60
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Student experiences

"I learned a lot about the different connections between science, technology, and politics in ways I hadn't noticed before. I loved learning about scientific philosophy and how it relates to the advancement of the world and technology."
"The professors, the material, the books you read—everything added up to an unforgettable experience."