Science and Technology in a Global Context (HIST*1250) | College of Arts

Science and Technology in a Global Context (HIST*1250)

Code and section: HIST*1250*01

Term: Fall 2017

Instructor: John Walsh


Course Synopsis:

Science and technology are arguably two of the most powerful cultural forces in human history. This course will introduce you to the historical development of science and technology in a global context, from the ancient period to early 21st century. We will address the ways in which scientific and technological knowledge has been shaped by social and cultural contexts and how such contexts were also affected by science and technology. Our focus will be on the trajectories and patterns in which scientific and technological knowledge, objects, and practices have circulated between cultures throughout history, and how the development of science and technology is contingent upon time and place.

Learning Outcomes:

After successful completion of this course, an assiduous student will have learned to:

•    appreciate the contributions of science and technology to world history;
•    recognize that specific sciences and technologies are dependent on their social, cultural, and historical context and cannot be understood outside of them;
•    recognize the ways in which knowledge and skills have travelled and been constructed across cultures;
•    engage with the central issues, research approaches, and practices of history as a discipline;
•    develop skills in critical reading, writing, and thinking;
•    develop skills in library research and critical evaluation of information.



Method of Presentation:

Lectures and in-class discussions.
LEC Tues, Thur
08:30AM - 09:50AM
ROZH, Room 101

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

Term Test - 5%
Midterm Exam - 20%
Research Assignments - 25%
Final Exam - 50%
Total 100%

Texts Required:

1. Andrew Ede and Lesley B. Cormack. 2016. A History of Science in Society: From Philosophy to Utility. University of Toronto Press (3rd edition).

***Note: It is essential that you purchase the THIRD EDITION of this text. Students who purchase the 2nd edition do so at their own risk!***

2. Daniel R. Headrick. 2009. Technology: A World History. Oxford University Press.


*Please note: This is a preliminary website description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.