HISTORY 285 - Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society
Winter 2023, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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Description

From iPhones to intelligence testing to immunizations, technology, science, and medicine permeate our modern lives. In this course, students will learn to think critically about technology, science, and medicine and analyze how they have transformed the world in spectacular and mundane ways. We explore questions such as: How have debates between doctors and activists shaped policy over vaccination mandates and the AIDS epidemic? How has the Internet changed how we think and influenced grassroots political movements? What are the effects of the tests experts use to categorize people? How have culture and politics affected the goals and designs of such technologies as guns, washing machines, and electrical systems? How have science, technology, and politics interacted in debates over climate change? And, ultimately, how should we manage the tension between popular democracy and technical expertise?

Course Requirements:

Requirements include attendance at both lectures and section, weekly reading, several short reading response papers, two longer essays.

Class Format:

There will be two lectures and one discussion session per week.

Schedule

HISTORY 285 - Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
21118
Open
5
 
5
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
002 (DIS)
 In Person
21136
Closed
0
 
3
W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
003 (DIS)
 In Person
21137
Open
2
 
-
Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
004 (DIS)
 In Person
21138
Open
3
 
2
Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23

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