Bruce W Hevly
Introduction to the discipline of history for new or prospective majors. Emphasizes the basic skills of reading, analysis, and communication (both verbal and written) that are central to the historian's craft. Each seminar discusses a different subject or problem.
Summer 2013 topic: Science and Government in the United States
We will look at some of the literature and some of the most significant primary sources having to do with the relationship between science and the state in the US, from the early 19th century to the late 20th. We will attempt to understand to some extent how this topic shaped scholarship in the history of science; how the government went from being a threat to scientific freedom to a vital partner in the scientific enterprise, and what tensions accompanied this shift; how the research university was defined with respect to government support.
Student learning goals
Students will practice critical readings of other historians' work and arguments.
Students will consider how to identify and interpret relevant primary sources.
Students will gain familiarity with the processes of locating and accessing sources.
Students will be prepared to undertake independent research in their senior years in order to fulfill degree requirements in history (or in HPS.)
Students will learn about current problems and recent literature in the history of science.
Qualifies as the jr colloquium required for HPS and History and Science minor.
General method of instruction
readings and class discussions; preparation and revision of research papers concerned with sources and problems in the history of science
This is the junior-level methodology course for history majors. No prerequisites, but some familiarity with history of science may be helpful, as may familiarity with American history and politics.
Class assignments and grading
Completion of assigned readings, participation in class discussions. Students will complete two major writing assignments totalling about 20 pages; other shorter papers for discussion. No exams; this is a W course.
Preparation for and participation in class discussions; assessment of a portfolio of written work which will accumulate over the quarter.