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

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

Code and section: HIST*1250*01

Term: Winter 2017

Instructor: David Smillie


Course Synopsis:

Science has become a recognised authority in our society. If "scientists say" we should eat more broccoli, many of us will do so. But why do we do what "scientists say" and how did science come to be recognised as a reliable source of knowledge in the modern world? Why do we sometimes ignore science when it conflicts with our other deeply-held beliefs? And what happens when science gets it wrong and misuses its cultural authority? Those are some of the questions that will be addressed in this course. We'll take a historical look at how science has developed and changed over time, paying particular attention to the relationship between science and society. We usually think scientific discoveries change society, but it's often the other way around. We will look at how science developed in different cultural contexts, the changing relationship between science and societies, and try to answer the question: what is "science", anyway?

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

Tests and written assignments: 100%

Texts and/or Resources Required:

No required textbooks.


*Please note:  This is a preliminary web course 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.