HIST-5040/01
(Summer I, 1999)

STUDIES IN EARLY MODERN EUROPEAN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY:
THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION

COURSE INFORMATION Instructor ....................... Roy J. deCarvalho, Ph.D.
Office .............................. Wooten Hall, Room 238
Telephone ....................... 565-4209 or 565-2288 (messages)
E-mail address ............... roy@unt.edu
Home page ..................... http://courses.unt.edu/rdecarvalho/
Office hours ................... (M-R) 11:00-12:00
Course schedule ............ (M)(W) 2:00-5:20 PM
Classroom Location ....... Wooten Hall, Room 230
Course Home Page......... http://courses.unt.edu/rdecarvalho/h5040/syl.htm
Course Bulletin Board.... roy-l@cas.unt.edu
COURSE DESCRIPTION Extensive readings and study of the Scientific Revolution. Emphasis is on the historical development of underlying philosophical presuppositions of scientific inquiry and the relationship between science and technology, their impact on society and making of the modern world.
OBJECTIVES & OUTCOMES This is a graduate reading course, an organized graduate class that focuses upon the reading and discussion of major works in early modern European intellectual history. The purpose is threefold: to train students in the practice of critical writing and verbal discourse, to provide them with the knowledge of a subject necessary for successful teaching, and to provide them with expertise required for passage of master's degree exit examinations or doctoral qualifying examinations.

More specifically the goal of the course is to foster historical and philosophical awareness of science/technology, acquaintance with the variety of cultural and ethnic contributions to the development of science/technology, and understanding of the relationship between science, technology and society. The objective is to show that changes in the underlying philosophical presuppositions of scientific thought explain revolution and thus also scientific progress. It is expected to foster a critical examination of the thought and method implicit in the student's scientific activity and world view and a deeper understanding of the social implications of science and technology. Students will be introduced to electronic mail, the World Wide Web, Internet conference history lists and the course's web site.

REQUIREMENTS Students are required to take the web-based course on the History of Science and technology to Newton (Hist 4010), read the textbooks, participate in class discussions and presentations, and write via electronic mail extensive reviews of the readings.

The on-line course comprises one third of the course. The reading of Cohen and Kuhn texts make up another third. The remaining third is dedicated to the reading, presentation and discussion of works of the choice of student.

The textbooks do not repeat the material of the lectures word for word but rather digress into related topics.

A special electronic bulletin board for this course was created at the Wooten Hall listserv, e.g., roy-l@cas.unt.edu.

TEXTBOOK
  • T. Kuhn, The Copernican Revolution (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1957-1990).
  • H. Floris Cohen, The Scientific Revolution: A Historiographical Inquiry (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994).
  • An on-line course package available at the Hist 4010 (History of Science & Technology to Newton) web site: http://courses.unt.edu/rdecarvalho/HST1/index.htm
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION REQUEST PROCEDURE Any person with special circumstances covered by the American with Disabilities Act should register with the office of Disability Accommodation, Suite 318A, University Union Building, and also inform the instructor of this class. Reasonable adjustment will be made to accommodate the special needs of students with disabilities where such adjustments are necessary to provide equality of educational access.
STUDENT REVIEWS & PAPERS Student's reviews of Cohen's Historiography  and related literature are posted here with the permission of the authors. The list is complete only since the Spring 1999 semester.

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