AK1202 History of Science and Technology 7.5 credits
Teknik- och vetenskapshistoria
This is a course in the history of science and technology in a global perspective, i.e. it focuses on global large-scale historical changes over long timespans. The course’s primary purpose is to give a deeper understanding of the history, and historic implications of science, technology and engineering for societies and cultures. It also functions as an introduction to further studies in history of science and technology, and into the craft of the historian, i.e., reading and writing academic texts, basic source criticism and so on. The course contains two blocks:
The first block is an introduction, containing an overview of the global history of the world, with a special focus on the history of science and technology; and a general overview of theoretical perspectives.
The second block revolves around three themes. Students will work in a group with one of the themes. The themes may change, but are at the present: theme 1: A comparison of the scientific, technological and industrial development in Europe and Japan the last 300 years: theme 2: A comparision between North America (USA) and Latin America the last 300 years: theme 3: Technology transfer from the developed world to developing countries during the last 100 years, with a special focus on the differences before and after colonialism.