Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will analyze the role played by technology in shaping Western culture from antiquity through the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century, and will analyze how Western culture shaped technology during that same period. Topics will include: the rise of river civilizations; technology, slavery and the state; Christianity, technology and the feudal system; guns, ships and empires; Leonardo Da Vinci and the artist engineers; the mechanical philosophy and the clockwork universe; the Industrial Revolution -- iron, textiles and the age of steam.
The course will consist of lectures, discussions, and slide presentations.
This course fulfills the European history requirement for Historical Studies major, or it can fulfill the pre-1800 course requirement for Historical Studies majors. It also satisfies a course requirement for Art and Technology majors.
Possible texts may include:
Arnold Pacey, The Maze of Ingenuity
James McClellan and Harold Dorn, Science and Technology in World History
Lynn White, Jr., Medieval Technology and Social Change
Carlo Cipolla, Before the Industrial Revolution
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will be required to attend class regularly and to keep current with the readings. Two essay exams and one paper will be required.