History and Philosophy Of Science | The Modern University
C104 | 29368 | James Capshew


This course provides an introduction to changing ideas behind the
university and to its rich cultural traditions. Although education
and learning has remained its central purpose, the university has
played distinctively varied intellectual, social, and cultural roles
in different times and places in the Western world, from medieval
times to the present. The course explores the making of the modern
university, with a focus on American developments, using a
comparative and historical approach. It approaches the university as
a human institution and cultural artifact open to explanation and
interpretation. A main point of comparison is our own academic home,
Indiana University, as a    microcosm of the dynamic forces that
have shaped the American research  university.