Religion, Science, and Empire: Crucible of a Globalized World|
Fall 2018 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations, Muslim Studies, South Asia Studies|
The development of modern science--and of modernity itself--not only coincided with the rise of European imperialism, it was abetted by it. Meanwhile, religion was integral to both the roots of European science and Western encounters with others. This class will explore how the intersections of religion, science, and empire have formed a globalized world with examples of European engagement with the Americas, Middle East, and, particularly, India from the age of Columbus through to the space race. We will examine how the disciplines we know today as biology, anthropology, archaeology, folklore, and the history of religions all crystallized in the crucible of imperial encounter and how non-Westerners have embraced, engaged, and resisted these epistemes.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIR)(CMST)(CSA)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP)(SISP-Reli Conc)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Primary sources including maps, photographs, art, travelogues, and other literature.
Juan Cole, NAPOLEON'S EGYPT: INVADING THE MIDDLE EAST
Christopher Columbus, THE FOUR VOYAGES
Emily Eden, UP THE COUNTRY
Mohandas Gandhi, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
National Academy of Science, SCIENCE, EVOLUTION, AND CREATIONISM
Thomas Kuhn, THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three small papers (5 pages) and one research paper on a topic of the students' choice (10-12 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance and participation is mandatory. This course fulfills a "Thematic Approach" requirement.