HIS 380K • HISTORY OF SCIENCE
This reading seminar is designed to introduce graduate students from a variety of backgrounds to the literature of the history of science and to the main schools of thought within the field. Toward that end, we will read and discuss a wide range of books and articlessome already "classic," others perhaps on their way to becoming sothat shed light on some of the main themes and problems in the history of science and technology. In particular, we will examine the differing ways historians have addressed such issues as the shifting intellectual authority of science; the role of social and cultural factors in shaping scientific knowledge; the relationship between scientific knowledge and technological practices; and the place science and technology have come to play in global and imperial contexts.
Each student will be required to write a brief (2 page) response to each week's readings, due before class, and to deliver at least one class presentation. Everyone will also be expected to take an active part in class discussions. Each student will also be required to write a 15-18 page historiographical essay on an appropriate topic, due at the end of the semester.
Grades will be based on the response essays (20%), the class presentations (10%), the historiographical essays (40%), and class participation (30%).