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HIST 363 Perspectives on Science, Engineering and Mathematics

HIST 363.  Perspectives on Science, Engineering and Mathematics.  3 Credits.   H   

This course places the historical creation of scientific and technological knowledge within a broader social, cultural, and political context. Students will learn that the STEM disciplines are not merely a static body of facts, theories, and techniques but involve diverse, evolving processes which are continually generated and reformulated. By examining the role of failure in knowledge creation, the religious motivations behind space exploration, the continued legacy of racist practices in medicine, the construction and ramifications of "Big Science," and other topics, students will go beyond the "genius inventor" narrative to question the presumed neutrality and progressive inevitability of scientific and technological advancements. Through a mixture of online activities, readings, videos, and synchronous online discussions, we will also examine the formulation and codification of "expertise," investigate the process of professionalization within the STEM fields, and interrogate how science and technology have supported systems of oppression throughout history. (Same as HUM 363.)

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in History

History does not just narrate a sequence of past events. The practice of history examines change over time and tries to understand the forces that contributed to those changes. Historians are most interested in questions that begin by asking ‘why’ or ‘how.’ These questions demand complex answers about who we are, how we have come to where we are, and what forces have shaped humanity through time.

Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Languages and Cultures

...363 Modern Korean Art and Culture HA 586 Japanese Painting HA 587 Japanese Sculpture HIST...

Minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures

...Korea HA 363 Modern Korean Art and Culture REL 510 Religion in Korea HIST 350...

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in American Studies

...HIST 353 Indigenous Peoples of North America HIST...of: _____ 3 SOC 363 The Sociology of...