Science

30 Spring 2014 Science and Society

Science as we know is the product of a historical process. This course examines the relationship of science and society from antiquity to the present. We will trace theories and thoughts about the natural world through ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the modern era.

280S.001 Fall 2013 The History of Animal Health and Public Health

In recent years, professionals working in animal and human health have focused on the concept of “one health” to develop public health interventions. The theory connects animal and human diseases and explores the relationship of these two populations in order to better understand how they impact each other's health. In this course, students will learn about the history of animal diseases, their conceptualization, and the development of the theory of “one health”.

C250 Fall 2013 Topics in Science and Technology Studies

The course, aimed at students drawn from diverse departments, provides a foundation for advanced work in science and technology studies. It will equip graduate students with theoretical and practical tools for analyzing complex problems at the science, technology and society interface.

103S.002 Fall 2013 History of Medicine

This seminar will address how medicine has affected society by attempting to eradicate disease and treat patients. In this popular endeavor, increasing scientific knowledge, its categorical formulations and its recommendations allowed for significant professional power. At the same time, the profession willingly participated in the standardization of medical education and the certification of qualified physicians, a process that required the imprimatur of the state and prompted a continuing relationship between government and medicine.

275S Fall 2013 Introduction to the History of Science

This seminar will provide an advanced introduction to the study of science and technology as objects of historical inquiry. What does it mean to think historically about notions such as the scientific method, objectivity, truth, and technological efficiency? We shall read and discuss exemplary research in the history of science from the seventeenth century to the present, and critically engage with key themes and methodologies in this field. Topics will include the origins of modern science and its relationships to magic, religion, gender, colonial networks, and political power.

186 Fall 2013 International and Global History since 1945

In 2013, children born in 1945 will turn 68. In the years since their births-the span of a human life-the globe has been transformed. The ends of empires and the rise of nationalism have expanded the membership of the United Nations from 51 to 193 nations. The end of the colonial era was followed by the emergence of new transnational political systems, as the United States and the Soviet Union created vast alliances in the name of the Cold War. Now, one of these superpowers has collapsed, and the other is challenged by rising powers, including China.

138 Fall 2013  History of Science in the U.S.

This course examines the development of the physical sciences and life sciences in the United States and their use from the colonial era to the present. We will explore the historical role of science in the Unites States, how the sciences professionalized and institutionalized, and the relationship between science and other institutions. Our study of the sciences will focus on the role of scientific knowledge in education, government, culture, society, law, and religion, the funding of the sciences, and the application of sciences in business and economies.

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