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Alan Tully, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2006

HIS 350L • Chinese Sci/Tech/Medicine-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40530 -TBA


Course Description

In this course we will explore Chinese science, technology, and medicine by reading primary texts (in translation) together with recent secondary studies. We will read selections from the most important existing historical documents on divination, astronomy, optics, mathematics, alchemy, medicine, and technology. We will take an interdisciplinary approach -- drawing on cultural history, anthropology, gender studies, and philosophy -- to analyze these texts in their intellectual, social, and cultural context. The course is designed for students interested in the following: history, sociology, and anthropology of science, technology, and medicine; East Asian studies; studies of 'non-Western' science and cultures. All primary sources are available in English translation. No knowledge of Chinese language or history is required for the course. The course syllabus will be available at:

Grading Policy

Class attendance is mandatory. This is a "substantial writing component" course. The grade will be based on in-class quizzes and class participation (20%), mid-term and final examinations (30%), and a final paper (50%).


All required readings will be available through PCL reserves and electronic reserves, Readings will include selections from the following: (1) Primary historical documents (in translation): Ilza Veith, Huang Ti Nei Ching Su Wen: The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002); Kangshen Shen, Anthony W. C. Lun and John N. Crossley, The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art: Companion and Commentary (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999); Christopher Cullen, Astronomy and Mathematics in Ancient China: The Zhou bi suan jing (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996). (2) Secondary historical research: Paul U. Unschuld, Medicine in China: A History of Ideas (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985); Francesca Bray, Technology and Gender: Fabrics of Power in Late Imperial China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997); Benjamin A. Elman, On Their Own Terms: Science in China, 1550-1900 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005).


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