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: Winter 2023

Instructor: Alex Souchen


Method of Delivery: 

In-person, two lectures per week.

Course Description: 

Science and technology are two of the most powerful cultural forces in human history. This course introduces the historical development of science and technology in a global context, from the late ancient period to early 21st century. Through a close examination of scientific and technological knowledge and practices, we will address the ways in which science and technology have 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.

Methods of Evaluation:

Essay Proposal and Annotated Bibliography: 10%
Research Essay: 20%
Quizzes (5): 20%
Mid-Term Exam: 20%
Take-Home Final Exam: 30%

Required Textbooks:

James E. McClellan III and Harold Dorn, Science and Technology in World History, Third Edition (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015).

**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.**