History of Science

HIST3925Technology and Society (A)3 ch (3C) (W)

Examines contemporary ideas about how technology shapes and is shaped by society and culture, historically and today. Considers theories of technological determinism, technology and religious thought, the role of innovation in industrialization and economic growth; the problems of regulating risky technologies; the impact of Information Technology, and the shaping of Canadian science and technology policy. Restriction: Not open to students who have taken HIST 2925. 

HIST3975History of the Life Sciences (A)3 ch (3C) (W)

Explores the struggle between vitalistic and mechanistic conceptions of life in the development of biology, the emergence of evolutionary theory and its social and religious consequences, and the technological influence of the life sciences on the rise of modern medicine and genetic engineering. No scientific background expected. Restriction: Not available for credit to students who have taken HIST 2915. 

HIST3608Histories of Madness (O)3 ch (3C) (W)
Explores histories of madness in Britain and the Americas from early modern madhouses to present day mass incarceration. This course considers the greate range of ideas aobut madness, efforts to treat and contan it, and the lived experiences of individuals deemed 'mad'. Topics include community, grassroots, and medical understandings of madness; madhouses, asylums, and institutional treatment; psychiatric care and rehabilitation; addiction and recovery; advocacy, activism, and rights.