Global Health Equity: History of Epidemics
I teach history because I believe an understanding of past events is crucial to helping students, and ourselves, understand the world as it currently exists.
- Which diseases have caused the most significant epidemics in world history?
- What are the political and social conditions that have been most conducive to the spread of epidemic diseases
- How can historians and political scientists use their knowledge of these conditions to help prevent the development of future pandemics?
Concepts and Content:
The students will know and understand…
- the most important pandemics in world history, from ancient times to the present
- the role of governments in stopping, or helping to spread, diseases within their borders
- the role of doctors and organizations, including Partners in Health, in helping to prevent future pandemics
The students will be able to…
- understand the extent of past pandemics in world history
- analyze the effect that government policy can have on poor and marginalized individuals in societies as epidemic diseases spread through communities
- understand the importance of good government in preventing the spread of such diseases
- Two Carrollton students from the school’s Social Studies Honor Society (SSHS), Sydney Sariol and Tanya Eathakotti, will convene a panel on the subject, for which they will invite both local and national experts on epidemic diseases for a discussion of their history, as well as the political and social conditions that contributed to, or helped to stop, these diseases from spreading.
- The students will be coordinating the efforts to find and invite experts, and a full list will be available once these invitations have been made.
Goals and Criteria:
Goal three: Educate to a social awareness which impels action.
- The school educates to a critical consciousness that leads its total community to analyze and reflect on the values of society and to act for justice.
- The school offers all its members opportunities for direct service and advocacy and instills a life-long commitment to service.
- The school is linked in a reciprocal manner with ministries among people who are poor, marginalized and suffering from injustice.
- In our multicultural world, the school prepares and inspires students to be active, informed, and responsible citizens locally, nationally, and globally.
- The school teaches respect for creation and prepares students to be stewards of the earth’s resources.
- Inevitable or avoidable? Despite the lessons of history, the world is not yet ready to face the next
- The Black Death
- A Short History of Yellow Fever in the US
- The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia
- And The Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
- SARS 10 Years Later: Are We Better Prepared for Outbreaks?