HIST4326 Science and Society: A Historical Perspective (3 units)
This class will offer an introduction to the history of science and technology since the so-called Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries. On the one hand we will ask what modern science is, how it was made, and how it came to be the most authoritative form of knowing. On the other hand it will be emphasised that science is, or implies more than, just a body of knowledge. We will trace how science and technology have been embedded in the societies that produced them and how they have been instrumentalised for economic and military purposes.
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