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HIST 2820 Science in Western Civilization

Course description

This course aims to make comprehensible both to science majors and to students of the humanities the historical structure and development of modern science and to show sciences as cultural phenomena. Changing perceptions of nature and human knowledge from Greek Antiquity to the twentieth century form the framework for current Western views of the world, while the roots of the present-day dominance of “science” as a symbol of progress and modernity lie in an alliance between knowledge of nature and power over nature that took shape in the nineteenth century after a long period of emergence. This course covers the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries.


HIST 2820 001-LEC On-campus 6-week session

Session:6-week session
Class dates:June 25-August 7, 2018
Exam dates:Will be provided by instructor (see Final exams)
Days/times:M-F 10 AM - 11:15 AM
Grade:Student option
Max. enroll:40
To enroll:Enroll online or submit a paper enrollment form. Enroll now.
Related:Cross-listed with STS 2821 001-LEC
Cross-listed with BSOC 2821 001-LEC

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