A pandemic is a widespread epidemic or outbreak of disease. Studying pandemics illuminates multiple aspects of psychology, history, economics, social policy, science, ethical decision making, and sometimes even religion. The stress or complete breakdown of social order is an exercise that helps to show what we value as individuals and as a society. Studying pandemics can also help to evaluate our current state of affairs and which measures to take to prevent such calamity. This project will be devoted to explaining the multi-dimensional effect pandemics can have on societies and individuals.
Topics will include: The Black Death, 1918 Spanish flu, Yellow Fever, Tuberculosis, as well as future concerns with antibiotics, factory farming, weaponized viruses and bacteria, terrorism, and the potential for pandemics in the future.