Interpreting the History of Science and Technology
Full course description
The third module trains students in historiographical awareness and introduces them to historical methods. Two historical sub-disciplines are under scrutiny, namely History of Science and History of Technology. The first half of the course deals with (re)interpretations of the Scientific Revolution (particularly the role of experiments and mathematical and mechanical ways of explanation). The second half deals with the Industrial Revolution and the history of technological modernisation in the 19th and 20th centuries. The module asks questions going beyond a mere “what happened?” by problematising historical events and developments in order to force students to reconsider what it meant to become (and what it means to be) modern. The module thus examines history as a subject of interpretation juxtaposing diﬀerent historiographical perspectives.
After following this module, students are able to explain and analyse the historical development of science and technology, including the Scientific Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, modernisation, the mathematisation of science, the relation between empiricism and authority, and the link between technology and the nation. In addition, they are able to analyse and evaluate diﬀerent interpretations and perspectives of such developments. To do so, students are introduced to the analysis and evaluation of historical sources.
Successful completion of module 1 and 2.
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