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). 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 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?|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$886.35|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of History, Art History & Visual Culture's website
- Teaching staff
- Associate Professor John Stenhouse
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.
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- 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.