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Pandemic prompts multidisciplinary COVID-19 summer course at Bellarmine; begins May 26


The novel coronavirus pandemic will have lasting, far-reaching effects across all facets of society.

Taking advantage of Bellarmine University’s strong liberal-arts foundation, a new online summer course that is open to the public brings 23 professors from multiple disciplines together to explore the causes, effects and impacts of the pandemic — from the natural and social sciences, to economics and business, to theology and the arts.

The goal of the course is to understand the pandemic in a new way that would be impossible in any single discipline. The course opens on May 26, but because the material is presented on video, participants can consume it at their own pace.

“COVID-19: In This Together” is offered by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at a special summer rate of $75. (A discount is available to Bellarmine alumni, YPAL members and seniors age 60+.)

The course is divided into four modules, with each segment taught by a different professor:

Individual Perspectives

• Interdisciplinary Health Foundations
• The Effect of the COVID-19 Virus on Older Adults
• Microbial Considerations
• Effect of COVID-19 on the Whole Body and Role of Exercise and Activity

Community Perspectives

• Public Health
• COVID-19 and Mental Health
• A View from the Frontlines
• Music and the Arts
• Social Determinants of Health

National Perspectives

• The Current and Future Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education
• Something to Cheer for—A Return to Intercollegiate Athletics
• What We Owe Each Other & Justice and Fairness in Scarce Resource Allocation
• Mathematically Modeling the Spread of COVID-19
• Communication in the time of COVID-19
• Environmental Issues
• Economics
• Disparities and Inequity

Global Perspectives

• Saying Goodbye: The Good Death During the COVID-19 Pandemic
• Interpreting the Pandemic Theologically
• The Anthropology of Infectious Disease
• Social Justice and Inclusion and Data Visualization in a Global Pandemic
• A Look at Two Prominent Classical Theories of Ethics: Locke and Mill
• Understanding Threat Posed by Emerging Diseases/Behavioral Ecology of Viruses

“The introduction of academic offerings that allow our community to better understand the causes and effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and to face subsequent changes in our world armed with knowledge and empathy, supports our strategic plan, Tradition and Transformation,” said Dr. Paul Gore, Bellarmine’s assistant vice president for Academic Affairs and provost. “The plan calls upon us to become a model for academic innovation and to offer programs designed to meet emerging professional and community needs.”

How to register

The registration deadline for COVID-19: In This Together (CESP 240) is May 22. To register, or to get more information, visit www.bellarmine.edu.

From Bellarmine University

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