World Interdependence – Current Global Issues (Section 2 Focus: Diseases without Borders) [CRN 77163]

Discipline: International Education
Instructor: Zimmer
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1040
End: 1200
Field Work: Day 1 - Friday, 21 October | Senegal Download Syllabus

Climate change, increased population density and geographic mobility are aiding disease outbreaks, such as Ebola, Dengue, Zika and the Flu. We will examine the contributing factors as well as the global and local impacts of these diseases with a particular focus on the countries we will visit.  Applications of current knowledge, such as the release of genetically modified organisms, to combat the diseases will be discussed in the context of local cultures.  Interdisciplinary (scientific, economic, political, religious) aspects of an epidemic will be explored with an emphasis on the complexities of world interdependence. Advances in modern biotechnology, the reach of electronic media and the recent climate change (COP21) and human gene editing summits will be used to drive much of the discussions.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • To develop a deeper understanding of diseases and their spread and an understanding of their world-wide significance.
  • To gain an appreciation of the concept of world interdependence and the related complexities and relationships.
  • To identify contributing factors and processes associated with diseases and the consequences of specific interventions, actions, and/or inactions.
  • To critique current media coverage of diseases and their causes, and compare coverage with current scientific knowledge.
  • To acquire an understanding of the interdisciplinary dimensions and impacts of a disease outbreak.

Field Work

Country: Senegal
Day: 1 - Friday, 21 October

The Field Lab for this course will take place at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) in Dakar.  Part 1 of the Field  will be a panel discussion with local experts. Part 2 will involve Peace Corps Volunteers training students on how to give a health workshop focused on malaria prevention and control, after which the students will conduct mock training of some English-speaking UCAD students.  For lunch, Panel Members, UCAD students, and SAS students will share a traditional Senegalese lunch at a nearby restaurant and have time to discuss their respective countries and experiences. Learning objectives:

  1. Visit Senegalese University
  2. Describe the biologic, behavioral, and sociocultural aspects of malaria prevention and treatment.
  3. Describe Peace Corps activities in Senegal focused on malaria prevention and treatment.