103S.001 Fall 2018 Science and Fascism: State, Expertise and Techno-Politics in Interwar Europe and the Two World Wars (1914-1945)

In 1942, the American sociologist Robert Merton described modern science as a democratic enterprise, whose ethical norms were universalism, communalism, disinterestedness, and organized skepticism. Merton’s notion that science produces truthful and factual knowledge if inspired by democratic values contrasted starkly with the reality of the interwar period and World War II, at the peak of the clash between liberal democracies and fascist dictatorships. What was the role of science in the global conflict between liberalism and the fascist ‘New Order’?

103S.001 Spring 2018 From Tasting Urine to Biotech: Exploring the History of Medicine

Today, medicine and medical understandings of health and disease permeate our daily lives. We debate access to health care and the ethical limits of biomedicine, adhere to ‘No Smoking’ rules, define diets in terms of health, and buy products that kill 99% of all germs. But how has this medicalization of our daily lives and ideas emerged throughout the twentieth century? Where and to whom did people turn when they got sick in the nineteenth century? How did patients and healers then define sickness and health? How and when did the medical system that we know today emerge?

103S.001 Fall 2017 Science, Religion, and Magic in Early Modern Europe (Proseminar in History of Science)

This seminar studies the momentous transformation of knowledge that took place between the late sixteenth and the early eighteenth century, and which is usually described as the Scientific Revolution. During this period, the criteria for assessing what can count as sound evidence changed significantly, as did those to judge whether an argument is valid, or a belief credible. We shall explore the social and cultural contexts in which Western science emerged as a distinctive kind of knowledge and set of practices.

285S.001 Spring 2017 Science, Technology, Environment, and Time

This is a project-based research practicum for graduate students who want hands-on supervised experience working out answers to two general sorts of questions about science (including social science), technology, and the environment in relation to time:

C251.001 Spring 2017 Science and Technology Studies Research Seminar

This course will cover methods and approaches for students considering professionalizing in the field of science and Technology Studies, including a chance for students to workshop written work. Special attention will be paid to communicating across multiple science studies disciplines. Also listed as ESPM C273, Anthropology C273, and STS C250.

101.002 Spring 2017 Research Topics in the History of Science

This seminar is designed to help students develop and execute a thesis project in the history of science. Our focus will be on developing historiographical methods and the practical aspects of historical writing. Topics are limited to scientific subjects from the period between 1700 and 1980. However, the seminar does not limit geographical focus and the theses may be area-specific or transnational in nature.

103S.001 Spring 2017 Sexing the Body: Medical and Scientific Conceptions of Gender and Sexuality

This seminar will examine how physicians and scientists have sought to explain sex, gender, and sexuality. We will focus on how their concepts of the human body have shaped definitions of masculinity, femininity, and sexual identity over time. Throughout the course, we will use specific examples and case studies to highlight the relationship among medicine, science, and their cultural context. The course focuses on America but takes into account the transnational nature of medical and scientific theories.

C250 Fall 2016 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

This course is designed to provide a rigorous foundation in the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). It will reconstruct the emergence of its major themes and issues, and offer an overview of leading theories and research methodologies. Students will explore the relationship between science, technology, culture, and politics through exemplary case-studies from different periods and contexts. Attention will focus on the tension between expertise and democracy, and on the ways in which new scientific and political futures are produced.

138T Fall 2016 History of Science in the U.S. CalTeach

The course covers the history of science in the U.S. from the colonial period up to the present. We will be focusing on the unique situation of the sciences within the changing U.S. context, emphasizing debates over the place of science in intellectual, cultural, religious, and political life.

30 Fall 2016 Science and Society

Modern scientific thought arose from the chaotic encounters between European and non-European cultures during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. As a result, scientific knowledge has been a constant companion to each major event in modern world history. This course provides a survey of the history of science from the Late Middle Ages to present. Students of the humanities will gain a richer understanding of science's influence on modern human thought.


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