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

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

Code and section: HIST*1250*01

Term: Fall 2018

Instructor: Tara Abraham


Course Synopsis:

This course is an introduction to the culturally specific ways in which science and technology have developed historically from the ancient period through the twenty-first century. Emphasis will be placed on the patterns in which scientific and technological knowledge and practices have traveled and been constructed across cultures, and the interconnected but distinct histories of science and technology.

Learning Outcomes:

After successful completion of this course, an assiduous student will have learned to:
1)    appreciate the contributions of science and technology to world history;
2)    recognize that specific sciences and technologies are dependent on their social, cultural, and historical context and cannot be understood outside of them;
3)    recognize the ways in which knowledge and skills have travelled and been constructed across cultures;
4)    engage with the central issues, research approaches, and practices of history as a discipline;
5)    develop skills in critical reading, writing, and thinking;
6)    develop skills in library research and critical evaluation of information.

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

15%  Online Weekly Quizzes
10%  Essay Proposal and Bibliography
25%  Midterm Test
25%  Essay
25%  Final Exam

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). ISBN 1978-1-4426-0446-9
2. Daniel R. Headrick. 2009. Technology: A World History. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-190515648-5


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