GU4800: Global History of Science | M. Elshakry
Undergraduate and Graduate Seminar
This course will introduce advanced undergraduate and graduate students to problems and methods in the history of science from comparative, international, and global perspectives. We consider a variety of conceptual and historical problems in the history of science from these different geopolitical scales and through a number of case studies. Investigating the ways in which science, technology, and medicine (STM) were variously adopted, reconfigured or resisted around the world, we also aim to consider how these examples might, in turn, shape our understanding of the different norms and paradigms in STM studies itself.
We have organized the course around a series of select conceptual and historical topics and themes. We begin with a discussion of how to define “global history” itself, including the genealogy of the term and its value as a heuristic category. We then move on to a series of themes, including the international politics of infrastructure and of development; curing and caring, the environment and the politics of embodiment in comparative perspective; and finally, debates over international intellectual property rights and transparency and secrecy in STM research.
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