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First Summer Term:

HPS210H1 Scientific Revolutions I

Tuesdays & Thursdays 12 – 2
Location: EM 001
Instructor: Professor Brian Baigrie
Case studies in the history of science from antiquity to 1800, including the revolutionary work of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes, Newton, Linnaeus, Lavoisier, and Herschel. The course is designed to be accessible to science students and non-scientists alike.
Exclusion: HPS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

HPS326H1H1 History of Science and Religion

Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10 – 12
Location: VC323
Instructor: Professor Yiftach Fehige
From its origins in the Renaissance, modern science has developed in the context of European religious beliefs and institutions. Although cases of conflict like Galileo or the Monkey Trial are famous, more common are cases of scientists like Newton or Faraday whose religious convictions were crucial to their scientific success.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

Second Summer Term:

JHE353H1 History of Evolutionary Biology I

Tuesdays & Thursdays 2 – 4
Location: RW110
Instructor: TBA
An examination of major ideas about biological evolution from the 18th century to the 1930s and of their impact on scientific and social thought. Topics include the diversity of life and its classification, the adaptation of organisms to their environment, Wallace’s and Darwin’s views on evolution by natural selection, sexual selection, inheritance from Mendel to T.H. Morgan, eugenics, and the implications of evolution for religion, gender roles, and the organization of society. Offered by the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.
Prerequisite: 6 full courses or equivalent
Exclusion: EEB353H1/HPS323H1/HPS353H1
Distribution Requirement: This is a Humanities or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)