101.016 Spring 2009 Cutting-Edge Topics in the History of Medicine and Science

This seminar explores recent scholarship at the frontiers of medical and scientific history, as a means of understanding the choices historians make when producing essays and articles and providing a historiographical foundation as the class embarks on the researching, drafting, and polishing of the senior thesis. How do historians of science and medicine decide what precisely to write about? What informs their research methodologies, analytical perspectives, and writing techniques?

290.001 Fall 2008 Historical Colloquium: History of Science

1 unit, graded S/U. Meets together with the UCB-UCSF Colloquium in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

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280S.001 Spring 2008 Genes, Blood, and the Body Politic. The Life Sciences and National Socialism

National Socialism constituted a very eclectic ideology, i.e. it borrowed from many sources, trying to make its peculiar world view appealing for all parts of German society. One unique feature of the NS-Regime, however, was the belief that it was founded on alleged biological facts, especially the existence of human races which differed in value and had to be kept separate. This had profound consequences for National Socialist politics at home and abroad. The idea of racial superiority led to a cruel war of extermination and the Holocaust.

275S.001 Spring 2008 Introduction to the History of Science (II)

An introduction to issues and problems in the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century science based on reading, discussion, and written analysis of selected secondary literature. General themes include the organization of science in different national settings, the nature of the scientific community, patterns of scientific change, science and gender, and the relations of science to technology, industry, medicine, government, and warfare. Requirements include several short papers.

103S.003 Fall 2008 Transgression in the History of the Biological and Medical Sciences

How do scientists, physicians, governments, and populations respond to transgressions of the natural order, and how do they define 'natural?' What happens to researchers whose theories and data conflict with the accepted facts, or who by merely daring to engage in serious work threaten the status quo? What difference does it make when the changes affect an entire society, an easily identifiable minority, or a small number of individuals?

290.001 Spring 2008 Historical Colloquium: History of Science

1 unit, graded S/U. Meets together with the UCB-UCSF Colloquium in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

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101.018 Spring 2008 The Animal in History

Is it possible to write a history of non-human beings? What does it mean to say that an organism has a past? How might incorporating non-human actors into our narratives present us with new modes for thinking about human history?

285S.001 Fall 2007 Intellectuals, Institutions, and the Modern University

This research seminar is designed for students interested the construction of the modern academic intellectual since the mid-19th century. It puts some emphasis on scientists, but by no means exclusively, and it will particularly explore ways that individuals are embedded in and shaped by institutional contexts. The seminar's default context will be the modern university, wherever it is found; but other broadly academic contexts are very welcome, such as museums, think tanks, extra-university research institutes, and so on.


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