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HIST 490R Seminar for Majors in History - SCIENCE & EMPIRE

Selected problems in the theory and practice of historical work. Check with the department for course offerings. Restricted to fourth year students majoring in History or in the History and Philosophy of Science. Also open to History Honours students.

This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

Credits: 3

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
HIST 490R 201Seminar2 Mon10:0012:00

(HIST 490 is intended for History majors, History honours students, and students majoring in the history and philosophy of science, but students from other departments may register if they obtain the instructor's permission.)

Science and Empire:

This course will examine the historical relations between science, technology, and empire from the 18th to the 20th century. We will discuss the ways that European scientific knowledge was produced in the context of imperial expansion and exploration and how this knowledge was frequently mobilized to materially and discursively sustain empires. Students will investigate the construction of modern science in relation to exploration, national and imperial rivalries, global commerce and industry, local knowledge, and cultural perceptions of colonization and empire.