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HIST229 Science and Society: 1789-1914

A critical examination of the history of the natural and social sciences in cultural context from the Enlightenment to the First World War.

This paper examines the revolution in the natural sciences spearheaded by Charles Darwin's Origin of Species (1859), among others, during the mid-19th century. We begin by tracing important interconnections between science and empire during the 18th century before focusing on the rise of evolutionary theorising in Britain and Europe during the mid-19th century. Taking a contextualist approach to the history of science, we explore some of the political, intellectual, racial, ethical and religious controversies that erupted after 1859 in Britain, Europe and New Zealand.

Paper title Science and Society: 1789-1914
Paper code HIST229
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
john.stenhouse@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor John Stenhouse
Textbooks
Recommended:

Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, any edition.

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students will:
  • Gain a historical understanding of the origins, course and consequences of the rise of evolutionary theory during the 19th century
  • Learn to engage critically with the secondary literature in the 'Darwin industry'
  • Learn to assess sometimes conflicting interpretations from interdisciplinary perspectives.

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

A critical examination of the history of the natural and social sciences in cultural and religious context from the Enlightenment to the First World War.

This paper examines the revolution in the natural sciences spearheaded by Charles Darwin's Origin of Species (1859). During the mid-19th century. We begin by tracing important interconnections between science and empire during the 18th century before focusing on the rise of evolutionary theorising in Britain and Europe during the 19th century. Taking a contextualist approach to the history of science, we explore some of the political, intellectual, racial, ethical and religious controversies that erupted after 1859 in Britain, Europe and New Zealand.

Paper title Science and Society: 1789 -1914: Darwin versus God?
Paper code HIST229
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
john.stenhouse@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor John Stenhouse
Textbooks
Recommended:

Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, any edition.

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students will:
  • Gain a historical understanding of the origins, course and consequences of the rise of evolutionary theory during the 19th century
  • Learn to engage critically with the secondary literature in the 'Darwin industry'
  • Learn to assess sometimes conflicting interpretations from interdisciplinary perspectives.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Thursday 14:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 36, 38
T2 Thursday 15:00-15:50 30, 32, 34, 36, 38