Current Course Schedules

Spring 2018

5533 – Advanced Studies in the History of Modern Science │

Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor
Associate Professor Stephen P. Weldon
Section 001     W 1:30-4:20     BL 418

Thematic historical analyses of modern science and culture focusing on the European and American development and professionalization of scientific disciplines, interdisciplinary relations among the sciences, and intersections between scientific and public culture. Includes examination of sources and critical assessment of scholarly interpretations.

5550 – Topics in the History of Science - History and Theory of the History of Science│

Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor
Professor Hunter Heyck
Section 001     T 1:30-4:20      BL 324

Analysis and discussion of landmark works in the history of science, technology, and medicine, with particular attention to the development of a “canon” in the field and to historians’ use of “theory” in constructing and challenging that canon.

5990 – Graduate Survey: History of Science since the 17th Century │ 

Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor

TBA (coordinator); participating faculty: Professor Hunter Heyck; Associate Professor Suzanne Moon; Associate Professor Katherine Pandora; Associate Professor Stephen P. Weldon
Section 002                                       R 1:30-4:20                                           BL 418

Graduate introduction to selected topics in the history of modern science. Possible topics include history of biology and the environment, history of technology, history of science and popular culture, history of the social sciences, and history of the relationship between science and religion.”

10-12-17


Fall 2017 │  
 
5523 – Advanced Studies: History of Renaissance & Early Modern Science │ 
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor
Professor Rienk Vermij 
Section 001                                      R 1:30-4:20                                    BL 324

Thematic historical analyses of scientific ideas and practices in the scientific revolution and the ideas and practices in the scientific revolution and the enlightenment, 16th–18th centuries. Includes examination of sources and critical assessment of scholarly interpretations.

 5550 – Topics in the History of Science -- History of the Book │Time & Location Change
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor
Associate Professor Kerry Magruder
Section 001                                       T 3:30-6:20                                        BL, 5th Floor

Historical analysis of texts pertaining to the history of the book and printing.

 5970 – Seminar: Research, Criticism, and Analysis │
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor
Assistant Professor Aparna Nair
Section 001                                       M 1:30-4:20                                        BL 324

Methods and practice of research in the history of science, including use of sources, bibliographical tools, and the writing of research results. Critical examination of different approaches to and interpretations of science’s past development and cultural relations.

5990 – Graduate Survey: History of Science to the 17th Century │  
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor
Professor Steven J. Livesey (coordinator); participating faculty: Associate Professor Kathleen Crowther; Associate Professor Kerry Magruder; Professor Rienk Vermij
Section 002                                       F 10:30-12:30                         Faculty Offices, PhSc 6th Floor

This course introduces graduate students to the history and historiography of “science” between antiquity and the 17th century. Major themes include the interactions between natural knowledge and religious beliefs and practices; the institutional context of natural knowledge (including monasteries, universities, scientific societies, courts and museums); and the historiographical problem of the “Scientific Revolution.”

Rev. 08-25-17