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Science, Technology and Society, 1400 to Present (HI2D5): Timetable

Term

Week

Lecture and Seminar Topic

Seminar topics are in italics

Autumn Term
1

Introduction. Science, technology and society in history
(James Poskett and Michael Bycroft)

2

Theories of everything, 1400-1600. Theories.
(Michael Bycroft)

3

Scholars and artisans, 1500-1700. Experiment.
(Michael Bycroft)

4

The mathematisation of the world, 1500-1700. Measurement.

(Michael Bycroft)

5

Explorers, merchants and missionaries, 1500-1700. Networks.
(Michael Bycroft)

6

Reading Week (no lecture or seminar)

7

Science in the public sphere, 1650-1800. The public.
(Michael Bycroft)

8

Human nature and the Enlightenment. Man.
(Claudia Stein)

9

The expert state, 1700-1800. Expertise
(Claudia Stein)

10

Science in the age of revolution, 1780-1850. Disciplines.
(James Poskett)

Christmas Vacation

Spring Term
11

Workshop of the world, 1780-1900. Technology.
(James Poskett)

12

The origins of evolution, 1760-1900. Life.
(James Poskett)

13

Anthropology and empire, 1800-1900. Race.
(James Poskett)

14

DNA and the secret of life, 1850-1950. Laboratories.
(James Poskett)

15

Einstein's generation. Time.
(James Poskett)

16

Reading Week (no lecture or seminar)

17

From political economy to neoliberalism, 1800-2000. The economy.

(Michael Bycroft)

18

Cold War science and technology, 1945-1991. Ideology.
(Claire Shaw)

19

Energy and empire, 1900-1980. Infrastructure.
(Katayoun Shafiee)

20

Nature and development, 1945-2000. Futurity.
(Katayoun Shafiee)

Easter Vacation

Summer Term

21

Conclusion: science, technology and society today
(Michael Bycroft and James Poskett)

22

Revision

23

Revision