280S.001 Fall 2010 Science in the U.S.

This seminar engages students with the explosion of scholarship on the history of American science in its political, cultural, and social context. It looks for ways in which historians of U.S. science have contributed innovatively to the writing of history of science in general (e.g., â€_ÄúBig Science,â€_ÄÃ_ science and race), as well as approaches that have been revitalized by developments in related fields (colonial science, environmental history). It aims to provide a solid introduction to the field and highlight prospects for future innovative study.

290.001 Fall 2010 Historical Colloquium: History of Science

This is a 1-credit S/U graduate course in history of science, accompanying the history of science colloquium and the brownbag series. It meets every Monday, 4-6 pm. Meetings consist of: invited lecture on a special topics, followed by an extended session of questions and answers; informal discussions over the work of affiliated scholars; and roundtable sessions on broader methodological issues in the history of science and technology. The course brings you up to the research front in these topics, interacting with historians on subjects that currently engage their scholarship.

290.001 Spring 2010 Historical Colloquium: History of Science

1 unit, graded S/U.
Weekly two-hour meetings at the Office for History of Science and Technology, 470 Stephens Hall.
1 unit, graded S/U. Attendance is compulsory.

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285S.001 Spring 2010 Science in the 20th and 21st Century

Research on the history of the sciences and their relations with technology and medicine since about 1880, with the goal of producing an article-length paper based largely on primary sources. Students will have wide latitude in choice of topic provided they have the requisite language or technical skills. The class will begin with discussion of examples of research in the field that represent a variety of problems and approaches and that exemplify the presentation of research findings as articles or chapters.

275S.001 Fall 2010 History of Science

This seminar will provide an advanced introduction to the study of science as a proper subject of historical inquiry. We shall read and discuss recent research in the history of science from the seventeenth century to the present, and thus critically engage with key themes and approaches in this field. Topics will include the scientific revolution, the Galileo affair, Enlightenment science, science and empire, science and democracy, the raise of technoscience.

275S.001 Spring 2010 Introduction to the History of Science

This seminar will provide an introduction to the study of science as a proper subject of historical inquiry. We shall read and discuss cutting-edge research in the history of science from the scientific revolution to the age of Enlightenment, and thus critically engage with a variety of dominant themes and approaches. We shall pay particular attention to the way in which historians have reconstructed the complex interaction of science and society in the early modern world.

100.008 Spring 2010 Scientists as Servants of the Church and State, 1600-2000

Scientists have occupied a privileged place in Western societies since the Scientific Revolution, but can they be trusted? For most of the past four centuries, the answer has been a resounding no. In this course, we explore the evolution of the idea that scientists are free from the duty to uphold the authority of church and state and the frequent attempts to suppress this freedom. Should scientists pursue research only on state-approved topics? Should data be concealed if they threaten religious doctrine or corporate profits?

30B Spring 2010 Science and Society

An introductory survey of the history of the sciences and the increasingly important place they have come to occupy in modern societies since 1700. We begin by looking at the legacy of the Scientific Revolution, the consolidation of classical physics and natural history in the Enlightenment, and popular science. We go on to consider Darwin and evolution, the organizational transformation of science in the nineteenth century, the emergence of chemistry as a science and source of new technologies, and the foundations of genetics around 1900.

183 Spring 2010 Health and Disease

This course introduces major themes in the history of medicine through the lens of disease. It focuses on two questions: How have people defined well-being? How have they responded to illness? The course considers major diseases to understand their multiple meanings across time and space including: plague, cholera, influenza, sleeping sickness, PTSD, AIDS and malaria. Themes to be considered include changing theories of disease causality, the development of international public health policy, social understandings of the body, and the growth of the pharmaceutical industry.

100.004 Spring 2010 History of Technology

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 from 1700 to the present. We shall discuss the evolution of artifacts and technological systems such as industrial machinery, weaponry, home appliances, computers, and contraceptives.


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