Course Schedule - Spring Semester 2021

     

FWIS 108 901 (CRN: 24189)

POISONS

Long Title: POISONS: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF DEADLY THINGS
Department: First-Year Writing Intensive
Instructor: Li, Lan A.
Meeting: 4:00PM - 4:55PM MWF FULLY ONLINE (25-JAN-2021 - 30-APR-2021) 
Session: First Year Writing
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Method of Instruction: Online
Credit Hours: 3
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
 
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Undergraduate Professional
Visiting Undergraduate
Undergraduate
Section Max Enrollment: 15
Section Enrolled: 12
Enrollment data as of: 12-AUG-2022 6:38AM
 
Additional Fees: None
 
Final Exam: No Final Exam
Final Exam Time:
11-MAY-2021  
2:00PM - 5:00PM T TBA TBA
 
Description: Poisons aren’t what they seem. Sometimes they look like food. Sometimes they look like drugs. From cinnabar to cinnamon; from dragon blood to goat bezoars, poisons are the result of careful human construction, collection, and creation. They are objects of early chemistry. Far from killing us, poisons have been central to the history of medicine. Physicians in the past and present monitor dosage, drug combination, and drug preparation to mitigate poison toxicity while still maintaining therapeutic potencies of drugs. Knowledge about poisons, in other words, quietly undergirds most of human civilization. Poisons are what keep us alive. Or not.