Courses: Improving Mankind (HISTB275001)

Fall 2013

Class Number: 1578
At first sight, hygiene and eugenics have nothing in common: the former is usually conceived as a good management of our everyday conditions of life, whereas the later are commonly reviled for having inspired discriminatory practices (in Nazi Germany, but also in the US, Sweden, and Switzerland). Our inquiry will explore how, in the context of the French Enlightenment, a subdiscipline of Medicine (namely Hygiene) was redefined, expanded its scope, and eventually became hegemonic both in the medical field and in the civil society. We will also explore how and why a philanthropic ideal led to the quest for the improvement of the human species. We will compare the French situation with that of other countries (mainly UK and the USA). Prerequisites: French Majors must have taken FREN B102; Students who wish to get credit in French will meet one extra hour TBD. Haverford: Social Science (SO)
Enrollment: Preference given to 360 participants, open to all
undergraduates. This course is part of a 360: Themes such as the place
and power of government and interest groups and the need for building
and supporting a public health infrastructure (a clear responsibility
of national and state governments) will reverberate throughout the
three courses. Crosslisted with FREN B275;

Fulfills: Class Nbr: 1578

Department

History (Web site)

Taught By

Le Menthéour,Rudy

Location

Bryn Mawr, EHI

Meeting Times

TTH 9:45am-11:15am,TTH 0:00am-0:00am