How to End the Coronavirus Pandemic


Stanford Continuing Studies

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In 2020, COVID-19 led to global awareness that epidemic disease is hardly a thing of the past. How have societies risen to the challenge of earlier epidemic and pandemic diseases? This course explores the history, art, and literature of plague. With Professor Paula Findlen, director of Stanford’s Suppes Center for History and Philosophy of Science, we will read plague classics (Boccaccio and Defoe) and other sources from this era, and discuss how history, science, and archaeology together continue to shape our interpretations of plague.

What you will learn

  • About the history of plagues from the 14th through18th centuries
  • To contrast the novelty of pandemic in the 14th century with its evolution into a recurrent epidemic disease over the next few centuries
  • To discuss how people experienced and interpreted pandemics in the past in light of what pandemic means today


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Dates:January 27 - March 17, 2021
Delivery Option:
Online Course $410.00


When you successfully complete this course, you will receive a Statement of Completion.

This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.