HISTORY 285 - Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

From automobiles and computers to immunizations and genetically modified foods, science, technology, engineering, and medicine are omnipresent elements of modern lives and lifestyles, and have been for many decades. This four-credit course will help students think in an informed, critical, and sophisticated manner about the social dimensions of science, technology, engineering, and medicine and their implications for modern life.

We will explore questions such as: How have culture and politics affected the goals and designs of technologies? How has science been shaped by society, and vice-versa? How can history help us understand the ethics of medical experimentation?

There will be two lectures and one discussion session per week, and requirements will include weekly reading, a midterm, and at least one paper.

We welcome and encourage students with backgrounds in the humanities, the social sciences, the sciences, and engineering. You do NOT need to be a History major or an RC student to enroll.

RCSSCI 275/HISTORY 285 meets the core course requirement for those wanting to pursue an STS minor through the Program in Science, Technology, and Society.

HISTORY 285 - Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
Th 5:00PM - 6:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
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ISBN: 0393314251
The mismeasure of man, Author: by Stephen Jay Gould., Publisher: W.W. Norton Rev. and e 2008
ISBN: 1568331657
The skulking way of war : technology and tactics among the New England Indians, Author: Patrick M. Malone., Publisher: Madison Books 1. paperba 2000
ISBN: 074321630X
The double helix : a personal account of the discovery, Author: James D. Watson., Publisher: Touchstone 1st Touchs 2001
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