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COVID-19 Course Resource Guide

We're in This Together: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Lesson Materials

June 22nd: Reframing the Future? Policy Change and Cultural Adaptation

Crises can create new possibilities, but that outcome is not guaranteed. Will Covid-19 lead to large scale policy and cultural change? We consider what theories in political science and anthropology have to tell us.

Video Lecture 

Assigned Readings 

June 24th: When Will It Be Safe To Go Out Again? Challenges in Vaccine Development, and Why It May Be OK Without One

This lecture will explore the basic principles of vaccination in order to discuss some of the challenges in making a vaccine, with the goal to help to reset expectations of when a viable vaccine for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 will be available to the public.  It will also discuss several new ideas being tested to decrease the time for a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, both the advantages and the risks. Finally, we will cover other ways to manage the pandemic that are more readily available or likely to have a shorter time to reach the public than a vaccine.

Video Lecture

Assigned Readings

Additional Resources

Want to learn more? Below are other articles, videos, infographics, etc. that will provide further information on this week's topics.

June 22nd: Reframing the Future? Policy Change and Cultural Adaptation

June 24th: When Will It Be Safe To Go Out Again? Challenges in Vaccine Development, and Why It May Be OK Without One

Recommended Databases

Can't get enough? These databases have up-to-date scientific and academic research that can help you dig much deeper into any topic. Please note that OWU login credentials are required unless the resource is marked as open access. Please check your local public library for more resources.

June 22nd: Reframing the Future? Policy Change and Cultural Adaptation

June 24th: When Will It Be Safe To Go Out Again? Challenges in Vaccine Development, and Why It May Be OK Without One

Search Terms

Knowing what terms to use to search for resources on COVID19 is half the battle. For this week's lectures, we would recommend starting with the following keywords. 

June 22nd: Reframing the Future? Policy Change and Cultural Adaptation

  • Psychological Effect
  • Medical Anthropology  
  • Labor Politics
  • Guaranteed Income

June 24th: When Will It Be Safe To Go Out Again? Challenges in Vaccine Development, and Why It May Be OK Without One

  • Gene-based Vaccines
  • mRNA Vaccines
  • Clinical Trials
  • Antigens
  • Pandemic Speed