OSHR 1647 - How Black Death Changed the World

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

The Black Death was a catastrophic plague that devastated Europe and killed more than 25 million people in less than five years. Even when the worst was over, the bubonic plague continued with smaller outbreaks until the 1600’s. With so many dead, medieval society never recovered. The plague caused enormous changes in religion, art, societal structure, politics, and economics systems, all of which changed western civilization forever.

This class will discuss the cause of bubonic plague and how it spread so quickly. We will follow the course of the epidemic from Italy, then through France, England, and Scandinavia. We will explore how the plague affected religious practices and persecution, changed political systems, and transformed the European economic system. We will also learn how art and literature reflected the horror and transformation that was occurring.

Please Note:No class November 23.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Holly Manley

Holly Manley has a B.S. in microbiology/medical technology and an M.S. in technical communication, both from Colorado State University. She has worked in medical laboratories and taught microbiology and other healthcare related classes for the last ten years.