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Pandemics and Law in Science Fiction (mini-seminar), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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posted on 2022-07-06, 16:23 authored by Post Discipline AdminPost Discipline Admin
This mini-seminar will consider how the law can, does, and should respond to pandemics, as explored in science fiction (novels, films, and short stories). Topics will include public health interventions, the development of vaccines and therapeutics, and the allocation of medical treatments. This information has been collected for the Post-Discipline Online Syllabus Database. The database explores the use of literature by schools of professional education in North America. It forms part of a larger project titled Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionalism, and the Crisis of the Humanities, led by Dr Merve Emre with the assistance of Dr Hayley G. Toth. You can find more information about the project at Data was collected and accurate in 2021/22.


Subject Area


Geographic Region

East North Central

University or College

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Funding Status


Endowment (according to NACUBO's U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20) ($1,000)


Annual Tuition and Mandatory Fees 2021-2022 ($) (Resident; Non-resident, where applicable)

63680; 66680

Course Title

Pandemics and Law in Science Fiction (mini-seminar)

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)


Position of Instructor(s)

Professor of Law

Academic Year(s) Active


Primary Works on Reading List

Ling Ma, Severance; Naomi Kritzer, So Much Cooking; John Scalzi, Lock In; Octavia Butler, Speech Sounds; Amitav Ghosh, The Calcutta Chromosome; Seanan McGuire, Spores; David Brin, The Giving Plague, Jose Saramago, Blindness, Tananarive Due, Herd Immunity, Margaret Atwood, Oryx & Crake, Adam Roberts, Trademark Bugs: A Legal History, Outbreak, Contagion.

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