IDSD05H3: Historical Perspectives on Global Health and Development

This seminar course examines the history of global/international health and invites students to contemplate the ongoing resonance of past ideologies, institutions, and practices of the field for the global health and development arena in the present. Through exploration of historical documents (primary sources, images, and films) and scholarly works, the course will cover themes including: the role of health in empire-building and capitalist expansion via invasion/occupation, missionary work, enslavement, migration, trade, and labor/resource extraction; perennial fears around epidemics/pandemics and their economic and social consequences; the ways in which international/global health has interacted with and reflected overt and embedded patterns of oppression and discrimination relating to race, Indigeneity, gender, and social class; and colonial and post-colonial health governance, research, and institution-building.

[12.0 credits, including IDSB04H3] or permission of the instructor
Social and Behavioural Sciences