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103S.002 Fall 2014 Striving for Knowledge in Western History of Science and Medicine

The seminar will examine issues of knowledge, evidence, and scientific methodology in the history of science and medicine. Though the time period ranges from Antiquity to the early 20th century the seminar will largely focus on Western developments in the 18th and 19th centuries, including some colonialist contexts. We will explore issues of curiosity and philosophical inquiry in Antiquity, scholastic logic in the middle ages, efforts to systematize and classify nature in the colonialist 18th century, and the rise of experimental science in the 19th century, particularly in medicine.

285S Spring 2014 History of Science, Technology, Environment, and Medicine

This is a research seminar for any student looking to write a graduate-level independent research paper in the history of science, technology, environment, or medicine. All time periods and themes are possible. Students from outside the Department of History should email the instructor to discuss whether the course suits their needs and they are adequately prepared.

183A Spring 2014 Health and Disease

This introductory course is a general survey of the history of medicine from antiquity to the 21st Century. It explores key conceptual developments and practices of the past, situating healing systems within their cultural and social contexts. We will start by examining the emergence of medicine as a recognizable subject of discourse in antiquity, the ways in which this tradition was both preserved and changed during the medieval period, and then was transformed in the medical, scientific and political revolutions of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

182AT Spring 2014 Technology and Society (Cal Teach)

How do technology and society interact? What drives technological change? How does technology transfer across different cultures? These and other related questions are examined using historical case studies of productive, military, domestic, information, and biomedical technologies. We shall discuss the evolution of artifacts and technological systems such as industrial machinery, weapons, microwaves, computers, and contraceptives.

182A Spring 2014 Technology and Society

How do technology and society interact? What drives technological change? How does technology transfer across different cultures? These and other related questions are examined using historical case studies of productive, military, domestic, information, and biomedical technologies. We shall discuss the evolution of artifacts and technological systems such as industrial machinery, weapons, microwaves, computers, and contraceptives.

101.012 Spring 2014 History of Science 101

History is more than the study of the past, it is a philosophy whose central tenet is that every human activity in the past was socially constructed and can be historicized. Extending this philosophy to cover the actions of scientists and their knowledge-claims about the natural world is among the most radical assertions made by historians today. How have the claims of natural philosophers and scientists to “objective” and “factual” knowledge been socially constructed and contested in the past using political, economic, religious, and social authority?

103S.002 Spring 2014 History of Health and Social Movements in the United States

This course addresses the intersection of health and social movements in America from the early 19th century to the present. We will explore the historical role of health movements and social movements, their relationship with medical theory, politics, religion, culture, and economics, how American movements mobilized, co-evolved, and changed over time, and the role of women and minority groups in health and social movements.

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