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Katharine Renee Zimmerman
HIST 312
Seattle Campus

Science in Civilization: Science in Modern Society

Growth of modern science since the Renaissance, emphasizing the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century, the development of methodology, and the emergence of new fields of interest and new modes of thought.

Class description

This course examines key episodes and themes in the history of science since the 17th century. Students will learn to situate scientific ideas within their social, cultural, and broader intellectual contexts. We will survey a range of scientific developments, treating science both as a body of knowledge and as a set of practices, and moving across centuries, continents, and disciplines to see how what we know about the natural world is tied to the who, when, where, and how’s of knowledge production and circulation. To understand how modern scientific practices emerged, we will examine the changing nature of scientific inquiry and methodology, the importance of social supports and institutions for scientists, and the growing cultural importance of science in society.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures & class discussion.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Short writing assignments and in-class exercises


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 Katharine Renee Zimmerman
Date: 12/17/2012