Module type: Histories and Contexts
Module Code: HIS00011I
During the past two centuries, science has helped transform not only the way we live but also our understanding of who we are. This module gives students the opportunity to investigate those transformations by exploring key episodes from the history of modern science, including the rise of fields such as genetics and the evolution of “big” science. In so doing, students will be encouraged to think about two interrelated sets of questions. The first concerns how scientific ideas, such as those associated with Sigmund Freud and Louis Pasteur, have changed the way we think about and organise society. The second set of questions relates to how science has been shaped by social forces, including political ideology and economic factors. By considering these issues, students will be introduced to a variety of different ways of studying science and, in the process, put current debates, such as those about funding for scientific research, into historical perspective.
The lecture programme will include the following themes:
Discussion groups will deal with the following: