HISTORY 235: Drugs, Chemicals and Health

Fall 2022

Instructor: Evan Hepler-Smith

This course asks how we might think historically about synthetic chemicals, natural alternatives and the benefits and hazards they pose to human health, society and environments. Combining cultural, political and economic history with interdisciplinary environmental history and science & technology studies, students will follow historical “biographies” and “genealogies” of drugs and chemicals through economies, environments and bodies, from cellular to planetary scales, comparing and connecting different global settings (including North Carolina). Focal substances may include aluminum, antiretrovirals, DDT, gold, indigo, mercury, nicotine, quinine and opioids.

Cross-listings
  • ICS 237
  • GLHLTH 235
Curriculum Codes

CCI, CZ, R, SS, STS