Graduate Seminar: The History of Science

History 275S

Spring 2016
Section: 
1
Instructor: 
Location: 
470 Stephens
Day & Time: 
Tu 400-600
CCN: 
39852
Units: 
4

This seminar will provide an advanced introduction to the study of science and technology as objects of historical and sociological inquiry. What does it mean to think historically about notions such as the scientific method, objectivity, truth, and technological efficiency? We shall discuss exemplary research in the history of science and science studies, from the Scientific Revolution to contemporary technoscience, and critically engage with key themes and methodologies in these fields. We shall pay particular attention to the ways in which locally produced knowledge and artifacts can travel and achieve universal credibility. By the end of the seminar students will be familiar with the main approaches used by historians and sociologists to reconstruct the complex interaction of science, technology, and society in the making of the modern world.