IDS385-00P: Special Topics

Topic: Metro, Migration & Mosquitoes

January 10, 2017 - April 24, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
9:00am - 12:00pm
Math & Science Center - W507
Lesser, Jeffrey
9:00am - 12:00pm
Math & Science Center - W507
Kitron, Uriel D

Fall, spring. Highly focused courses, drawing on multiple disciplines of the humanities and social sciences; may be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Metropolis, Migration and Mosquitoes:  The Case of Sao Paulo, Brazil


This course is permission only. Please contact Profs. Lesser and/or Kitron regarding enrollment.

What is the relationship between cultural attitudes, exposure to infectious diseases, and access to health care? This course analyzes disease patterns within a historical perspective. The course will analyze how “health” has been understood over time by both the populations and providers using diverse and new methodologies.We will focus on the Bom Retiro neighborhood of São Paulo, where questions of class, race and gender have led to historically different incidences of, and responses to, diseases.

This course will have two parts:

Part I will focus on teaching students about the biomedical history of São Paulo in the 20th century. In this section we will invite guest lecturers from a range of areas, including RSPH, History, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

In Part II will build on our research project focusing on historicizing health outcomes in the São Paulo neighborhood of Bom Retiro. Our goal will be to train students to conduct basic research using the techniques of ethnographic epidemiology, archival research, and representational analysis.  For students competent in Portuguese, Prof. Ana Teixeira will lead a one-credit language add-on course focused on how to conduct research on the street and in formal archival settings.  

Emory students with appropriate levels of Portuguese will be invited to join Profs. Lesser and Kitron as part of their research team in Brazil during the summer of 2017.

Students taking the class for graduate credit (ENVS/HIST 585) will be assigned additional readings, have additional meetings with the instructors, and will write a grant proposal for the research project.

The schedule of courses on O.P.U.S. is the official listing of courses, including days and times they meet and the General Education Requirements they satisfy. Students should use course descriptions as general guidelines. Course requirements, grading details, book lists, and syllabi are subject to change.