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Sophomore Seminar: Life Science, Art, and Culture, Medieval to Present
HIST 177
Spring 2009
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: SISP 277

This seminar introduces students to the study of visual images and image production in the history of the life sciences and medicine. We will look at and discuss scientific and medical illustrations made from the Middle Ages to the present day, including topics such as the artistic activities of Leonardo da Vinci; the drawings made by English Renaissance naturalists; the impact of an expanding print culture on scientific illustration; early modern European anatomical drawings; images of gender; the role of gardens, libraries, and museums as international centers for specimen collection and artistic production; art and European travel; mapping and imperialism; anatomical atlases; ethnographic film; photography and the American West; modern medical imaging (especially PET and CAT scans); and scientific imaging in the age of computer technologies. This seminar is especially keyed to students interested in in-depth exploration of the intersections of art and science.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Writing
The seminar develops writing as a skill and as a means to explore the subject. It introduces students to a variety of methods for interpreting images in the history of art and the natural sciences.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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