The global pandemic COVID-19 has disrupted the way we live, and this is especially true for those of us living in metropolitan areas. This introductory course addresses the current pandemic by exploring the interconnections between urbanization, globalization, and public health. Using lectures, discussions, and guest speakers we will explore what this public health crisis reveals about the way cities are constructed. By looking back at previous global pandemics including the Great Plague, Spanish Flu, and SARs we can evaluate the potential of COVID-19 to change urban life at scales from the global to the local. This course is designed for any Pitt student interested in the interdisciplinary dimensions of the crisis.
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