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Fall 2015-2016
* HIS 293 (HA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Science in a Global Context: 15th to 20th Century

D. Graham Burnett

Science and technology have literally changed the world. This course examines how, with an emphasis on understanding the place of scientific knowledge in the history of European exploration and expanding global power. How did the sciences go out into the world? How did certain disciplines and practices take shape in global interactions since 1400? How does knowledge become universal? What instruments, institutions, and activities made this possible?

Sample reading list:
Adas, Machines as the Measure of Men
Bacon, New Atlantis
Condorcet, Sketch...of the Progress of the Human Mind
Darwin, Origin of Species
Linnaeus, Systema Naturae

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students can expect as much as 200 pages per week, drawn from both primary and secondary sources. Close attention to this material is expected. Several short papers will be assigned.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Student auditors with instructor's permission..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20981 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   East Pyne Building   111   Enrolled:10 Limit:15