Spring 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Gossin, Pamela
Discipline and Number
HUHI 7387 Section 001
F Time 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Science and Technology in Western Culture

Description of Course:



In this course we will explore the origin and development of the physical and natural sciences from the ancient world to near-present, with emphasis on the "missing history" -- the contributions and achievements of women around the world whose stories have not always been included in the "master narrative." What is missing in our past representations of the history of science? How and why do the "missing links" matter?

In this interdisciplinary history course we will read and discuss a variety of texts and types of texts, including primary works of science writing, the history of science, documentary films and videos, scientific biography and autobiography. Through our reading and analysis of these texts, we will map and trace the origins and development of western science and its construction of natural knowledge, in historical, philosophical and cultural contexts.

Class meetings will be primarily discussion, but may include some lecture, films and student presentations as we examine developments in astronomy and physics, natural history, the history of medicine, life sciences, and experimental science. NO technical or specific scientific background is required.

Required Texts:


1-2 general histories of science, TBA
7-8 selected primary sources, TBA
additional readings on Electronic Reserve

1-2 ADDITIONAL CRITICAL/SECONDARY TEXTS (for in-class presentations)
-- with prior approval of prof.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


- Attendance and participation (A&P)* = 1/3rd
- Two 3pp critiques with in-class presentation (over critical historical article, primary texts etc). = averaged to equal 1/3rd
- One 10-12 pp written analytical and interpretative essay with "conference-style" presentation = averaged to equal 1/3rd

* Additional extra credit may be used to enhance A&P grade. Listen for more info on these in class.

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