History 490R (201) Science and Empire

Instructor(s)

Term

2

Course Level

Undergraduate

Description

This course will examine the historical relations between science, technology, and empire from the 18th to the 20th century.  We will discuss the ways that European 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, local knowledge, and cultural perceptions of colonization and empire.