History 490A (101) Science and Empire

Instructor(s)

Term

1

Course Level

Undergraduate

Credits

3

Days Met

W

Course Times

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Description

This course will examine the historical relationship between science, technology, and empire from the 17th through the 20th century. We will discuss the ways that scientific knowledge was produced in the context of imperial expansion and exploration and how this knowledge was frequently mobilized to materially and discursively sustain empires. Students will investigate the construction of modern science in relation to exploration, national and imperial rivalries, global commerce and industry, and cultural perceptions of colonization and empire.