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

Term

Week

Lecture and Seminar Topics

Seminar content. Questions and readings for each seminar, along with a short description of the seminar topic, are on the Talis Aspire list for this module.

Seminar themes. Seminar themes are in italics. These themes go beyond the specific examples dealt with in the lectures and the seminar readings. They are there to give focus to the seminar discussions and to suggest connections to the examples covered in other weeks.

Lecture capture. The lectures will be recorded using lecture capture. Click here to get the link (you need to be signed in). Lecture capture can be used for revision and catch-up, but attendance at lectures is essential. Where applicable, lecture slides and handouts will be posted on seminar webpages on the morning of the lecture.

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, 1400-1700. 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

 

21

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

Summer Term

22

Revision

Seminar only

23

Revision

Seminar only