GTWY: Imperial Laboratories

History 190S-01

Interdisciplinary introduction to global scientific inquiry and experimentation from the Age of Discovery (1400s) to the Spanish-American War (1898). The course examines the history of science in relation to studies of empire, exploring the coproduction of scientific inquiry, colonialism, and theories of human difference. 

It additionally considers the persistence of colonial practices and ideas related to science and technology in the postcolonial present. We will ask how an historical approach might help experts address complex political, cultural, and ethical concerns in the modern laboratory. Designed around a series of collaborative, in-class debates, in which students take on the role of historical figures (real or otherwise). No background in History required. 

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Theme (Concentration)

Medicine, Science and Technology


Global and Comparative