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Thomas L Hankins
HIST 311
Seattle Campus

Science in Civilization: Antiquity to 1600

From preclassical antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages, stressing the growth of scientific ideas, the cultural context in which they take shape, and their relationship to other movements of thought in the history of civilization.

Class description

This is a general introduction to the history of science up to about 1630. Because of the enormous span of time covered (from pre-classical antiquity up through the early years of the Scientific Revolution) we will concentrate on certain crucial periods. We will also study and discuss competing approaches to the natural world including religion, the occult sciences, and technology.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

There is no prerequisite for this course. Previous courses in history and the sciences will be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

The class will meet daily. There will be four lectures plus one discussion section each week.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Moran Tompkins
Date: 04/17/2003