HIST 295 Spring 2013 Technology and Science in American Culture

Cross Listed as HSCI240
Although technologically dependent, the American colonies slowly built a network of native scientists and inventors whose skills helped shape the United States' response to the Industrial Revolution. The interaction of science, technology, and society in the nineteenth century did much to form American identity: the machine in the garden, through the "American System of Manufactures" helped America rise to technological prominence; the professionalization and specialization of science and engineering led to their becoming vital national resources. Understanding these developments, as well as the heroic age of American invention (1865-1914), forms the focus of this course: how science and technology have helped shape modern American life.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class discussion, six short reports (2-3 pages), and two hour exams
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Prerequisites: none; open to first-year students
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: ENVP Society + Culture Electives,HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,SCST Elective Courses
Enrollment Limit: 15
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Class Number: 3348
HIST295-01(S) SEM Tech & Science in Amer Culture Division 2: Social Studies Donald deB. Beaver
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Jesup 206 3348
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