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    Macalester College
  Feb 24, 2018
College Catalog 2017-2018

ANTH 381 - Emerging Infectious Diseases

This course examines the human determinants of infectious diseases from the Paleolithic to the present day using the combined frameworks of evolution, human ecology, critical history, and social epidemiology. We will consider the co-evolution of culture and disease: the ways that human subsistence, ecological disruptions, social inequalities, and demographic changes have created selective conditions for new infections, re-emerging infections, and antibiotic resistance. We will also address the social dynamics of current epidemics, and major controversies over biosecurity and bioterrorism. Prerequisite(s): ANTH 101  or ANTH 111  Alternate years. (4 Credits)