HSTM Undergrad courses

HSCI courses - Fall 2022

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HSCI 1585: Mammoths, Minerals, and Monoculture: History of Earth and Environmental Science

Description: This course investigates the many ways people across the globe have sought to understand the environment and the earth from antiquity to the present. We will study the context in which the modern earth and environmental sciences emerged, asking throughout the semester what knowledge traditions contributed to the development of the sciences we know today. More info. 

Units: 3.00

Dates: Sep 06, 2022 – Dec 14, 2022

Meeting times: MWF 11:15 AM – 12:05 PM (50 minutes)

Location: Tate Hall 120

Instructor: Anna Graber

HSCI 1714/3714: Stone Tools to Steam Engines

Description: Technology is an enormous force in our society, and has become so important that in many ways it seems to have a life of its own. This course uses historical case studies to demonstrate that technology is not autonomous, but a human activity, and that people and societies made choices about the technologies they developed and used. More info.

Units: 4.00

Dates: Sep 06, 2022 – Dec 14, 2022

Multiple sections.

Instructor: TBD

HSCI 1715/3715: WATERWHEELS TO THE WEB

Description: This course explores the many technological systems that have come to span our globe, alongside the widespread persistence of traditional technologies. We start with the earliest glimmerings of modernity and industrialization, and move on in time to the building of global technological networks. How have people changed their worlds through technologies like steam engines and electronics? More info. 

Units: 3.00

Dates: Sep 06, 2022 – Dec 14, 202

Multiple sections. 

Instructor: TBD

HSCI 1814/3814: Revolutions in Science: Babylonians to Newton

Description: Development and changing nature of sciences in their cultural context. Babylonian/Greek science. Decline/transmission of Greek science. Scientific Revolution (1500-1700) from Copernicus to Newton. Read more.  

Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for: HSCI 3814

Units: 4.0 

Dates: Sep 06, 2022 – Dec 14, 2022

Multiple sections. 

Instructor: Victor Boantza

 

HSCI 3211/5211: Biology and Culture in 19th and 20th Centuries

Description: Changing conceptions of life and aims and methods of biology; changing relationships between biology and the physical and social sciences; broader intellectual and cultural dimensions of developments in biology. Read more

Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for: HSCI 5211

Units: 3.0

Dates: Sep 06, 2022 – Dec 14, 2022

Meeting times: TTh 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM (75 minutes)

Location: Peik Hall 28

Instructor: Mark Borrello

HSCI 3244/5244: Nature’s History: Science, Humans and the Environments

Description: We examine environmental ideas, sustainability, conservation history; critique of the human impact on nature; empire and power in the Anthropocene; how the science of ecology has developed; and modern environmental movements around the globe. Case studies include repatriation of endangered species; ecology and evolutionary theory; ecology of disease; and climate change. Read more. 

Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for: HSCI 5244.

Units: 3.0

Dates: Sep 06, 2022 – Dec 14, 2022

Meeting times: TTh 09:45 AM – 11:00 AM (75 minutes)

Location: Bruininks Hall 412

Instructor: Susan Jones

 

HSCI 3401/5401: Ethics in Science and Technology

Description: In addition to examining the idea of ethics itself, this course will examine the ethical questions embodied in specific historical events, technological systems, and scientific enterprises. Commonly, technology is assumed to be the best engineered solution for a particular goal and (good) science is supposed to be objective; however, this is never truly the case, values and moral choices underlie all of our systems for understanding and interacting with the world around us. Read more.

Units: 3.0 

Dates: Sep 06, 2022 – Dec 14, 2022

Meeting times: TTh 02:30 PM – 03:45 PM (75 minutes)

Location: Nicholson Hall 125

Instructor: Honghong Tinn

HSCI 4321: History of Computing

Description: Developments in the last 150 years; evolution of hardware and software; growth of computer and semiconductor industries and their relation to other business areas; changing relationships resulting from new data-gathering and analysis techniques; automation; social and ethical issues. Read more.

Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for: CSCI 4921. 

Units: 3.0

Dates: Sep 06, 2022 – Dec 14, 2022

Meeting times: TTh 01:00 PM – 02:15 PM (75 minutes)

Location: Amundson Hall 240

Instructor: Honghong Tinn

HMED courses - Fall 2022

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HMED 3001W: Health, Disease and Healing I

Description: Introduction to intellectual/social history of European/American medicine, health care from classical antiquity through 18th century. Read more. 

Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for: HMED 3001V

Credits: 4.00

Dates: Sep 06, 2022 – Dec 14, 2022

Instructor: Jole Shackelford

Multiple sections. 

 

HMED 3075 Technology and Medicine in Modern America

Description:  How technology came to medicine's center-stage. Impact on production of medical knowledge, professionalization, development of institutions/industry, health policy, and gender/race disparities in health care. Read more.

Units: 3.0

Dates: Sep 06, 2022 – Dec 14, 2022

Multiple sections.

Instructor: TBD

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HSCI/HMED Courses

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