The rapid spread of COVID-19 and social distancing practices have touched aspects of everyday life across the world.

  • How have we responded to the pandemic from a humanities perspective?
  • Have we learned from epidemics and plagues of the past?
  • Has that knowledge shaped modern society?
  • What can we learn about today’s society from this pandemic?

Examine the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic through history, philosophy, and literature in “COVID-19 in the Human Context,” a NEW Summer 2020 class.

This class is open to all majors and meets online during the Summer II Session.

For additional information or questions, contact Dr. Kevin Harrelson, Associate Professor of Philosophy at

Full Class Description:
CRN: 38526; PHIL 299X.820 “COVID-19 in Human Context”
This course will examine the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic through history, philosophy, and literature. Students will learn how epidemics and plagues have shaped modern society; they will evaluate legal justifications for the division between essential and non-essential services; they will examine the extent to which knowledge and policy depend on trust in expertise; and they will study how and why the pandemic has disproportionately affected the poor, the homeless, and racial minorities.

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