Science and Society in Historical Perspective

2019-2020
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Doel vak

To increase understanding of the various interactions between
mathematics, chemistry, physics, (medical) biology, computer and earth
sciences (in general: science) and society during the last two
centuries.

Inhoud vak

In the last two centuries science has become one of the prime agents in
the shaping of modern society. In turn social and political concerns
have been equally instrumental in the shaping of the modern scientific
enterprise. In this course we will study the changing relationship
between science and society in this period in various case studies and
from several points of view. We will use literature and source material,
most notably (journal and film) advertisements, and the cartoon journal
Punch to illustrate these cases. The following themes are addressed:
professionalization, science and the public (e.g. the public
understanding and appreciation of science); Science as product and agent
of modernity (e.g. quantification and standardization as applied to
nature and society); Science and politics (e.g. science policies,
military and commercial interests, science and ideology), science and
education.

Onderwijsvorm

Seminar.

Toetsvorm

Active participation during the seminar, essay and presentation and a
short exam on the topics addressed during the classes.

Vereiste voorkennis

Bachelor degree

Literatuur

available in Canvas

Doelgroep

Master students in the sciences who enjoy history or (historical)
reflection on their field of subject, as well as master students in
history, who want to acquire more understanding in the role of science
in society.

Overige informatie

More information with the course coordinator: Afdeling Algemene Vorming,
De Boelelaan 1081, kamer U252, d.j.beckers@vu.nl

Algemene informatie

Vakcode X_400424
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P4+5
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. D.J. Beckers
Examinator dr. D.J. Beckers
Docenten dr. A.C. Flipse
dr. D.J. Beckers

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