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Intro to Science and Society

Semester and Year SP 2018
Course Number IDSEM-UG1878
Section 001
Instructor Myles Jackson
Days MW
Time 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   SCI


Same as HIST-UA 66.


The goal of this course is to provide a background to the plethora of techniques proffered by the humanities and social sciences in studying the history of science, technology, and medicine. This course will include lectures, student presentations, and lively discussions. Although this course covers a plethora of disciplines and their methodologies, students are encouraged to see how various tools from one field can be fruitfully applied to another. Topics include: Christian Aristotelianism, the rise of experimentation and the Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment Science, Darwin’s theory of evolution and the church, eugenics in 20th-century America, machines and humans during the 19th and 20th centuries, historical explanations of disease, gene patenting, race and genes, and the history of HIV/AIDS. In short this course, which should be taken early on in the Science-and-Society minor, will not only offer an intellectual map for students to plan and craft their own individual program, it also invites students to think synthetically, organically, and creatively on how various disciplines can be brought together with a view to elucidate the scientific, technological, and medical enterprises.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)