THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2008/2009
Colonial Science and Its Legacies (U04485)
This interdisciplinary option aims to introduce issues surrounding the history and sociology of science and technology as they were mediated by colonial empires. To achieve this aim we will examine the social construction and implementation of scientific knowledge in a variety of disciplines, spaces and time periods, with an emphasis on India and Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The course includes material from roughly 1750 until the 1960s and will use examples from around the globe, although with emphasis on Indian and African contexts. Our concerns in this course will include:
Home subject area
? Normal year taken : 3rd year
? Contact Teaching Time : 2 hour(s) per week for 10 weeks
? Additional Class Information : A single two-hour session per week consisting of two parts: one hour for lecture and one hour for seminar discussion.
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
be able to offer their own analyses of the practices of colonial science using theoretical tools from within the history and sociology of scientific knowledge and technology;
possess an advanced knowledge of the historiographical and sociological literature which addresses the themes of the course;
gain experience in dealing with primary source materials and learn to assess these materials critically;
develop their skills in essay-writing and oral presentation.
2 x 500 word short responses to a weekly seminar worth 10% each
1 x 4000 word essay (80%) on a topic not already discussed in short responses
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Ms Sue Renton
Dr Lawrence Dritsas
School Website : http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/