HSCI 2423 – Energy, Engineering, and Ethics

  • Spring 2017, Spring 2018
  • Class Size: 30 Students
  • The importance of this class is to encourage students to explore the neutral and concrete definitions they have of scientific and technological concepts. Learning to think of technology in more complex ways has very real impact on the decisions we make as we interact with technology everyday as designers, users, and consumers. Whether it be the complication of a word like technology or breaking apart the construction of a concept like efficiency. We must engage with these issues to begin understanding how individual technologies and infrastructures affect the world. Technology is not immune to the racist, classist, sexist, and unbalanced ills of society, nor is society immune from the way technology reinforces or applies these prejudices. We will be reading the works from the history and philosophy of technology, as well as more specific case studies that explore the ethic decisions made around technology and technological systems.

HST 370 -The History of Medicine

  • Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021
  • Class Size: 30 Students
  • Ideas and words like medicine, disease, hospital, pain, or physician may seem old and well-established. However, widespread agreed-upon definitions of such things are quite new, at least here in the United States. Many of these categories carry other meanings around the world. In order to learn how these ideas developed, this course will explore medicine between Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Modern era, and more recent history. We will look at the medical practices of people like Galen, Ibn Sina, and Francesca de Foligno and explore the foundations of major medical institutions like the hospital, nursing, and medical schools. By looking into this history, students will be better prepared to understand and reinforce positive change in the world of medicine.

HST 201 – Scientific Revolutions

  • Spring 2020, Spring 2021
  • Class Size: 30 Students
  • Students will explore the history and historiography of the “Scientific Revolution” of the 16th century and compare it with other major shifts in scientific practice and thinking. In particular we will cover major transitions in Astronomy (16th-17th century), Chemistry (18th Century), Evolutionary Theory (19th Century), and Electrification (19th-21st Century)Furthermore, student will learn to understand and describe the social construction of scientific ideas and practices. By the end of the semester, they will be able to identify and explain how science is bound up in ideas about colonialism, gender, politics, and race.

HST 101 – World History

  • Fall 2019, Fall 2020
  • Class Size: 30 Students
  • Designed to develop historical ways of thinking, effective written communication, and information literacy skills, this course compares selected African, American, Asian, and European civilizations from ancient times to the present, exploring the variety of activities that divide and unite humans across culture, time, and space. This class will also take a game-based approach, based on written and oral analyses of primary sources, to explore key historical moments in world history.

HSCI 1113 – Science, Nature, and Society

  • Summer 2017, Summer 2018, Spring 2019
  • Class Size: 30 Students
  • This course offers an introduction to the study of science, technology, and medicine in light of historical, philosophical, and cultural analysis. Focusing on the relationships between science, nature, and society, this class introduces some of the big questions about who we are, who we have been, and who we might become. During the second half of the course, we will focus on the history of electricity and electrical technologies.