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Indiana University Bloomington



Spring 2019


HPSC-X102 Revolutions in Science: Plato to Nato
J Neumann
Class #6740
04:00P-05:15P MW HD TBA

Course Details TBD


HPSC-X111 Issues in BIOL-Medical Ethics
E Arnet
Class #10899
05:45P-07:00P MW SE 010

Investigation of ethical issues that arise in the biological and medical sciences, the impact of these issues on the behavior of scientists during the conduct of scientific research, and on the role of science in discussions about ethics and public policy. The course will focus on specific cases and debates arising from and within biology and medicine, and in related fields such as ecology or clinical psychology. The course will provide an introduction to critical reasoning in ethics and an overview of major ethical theories. No prior background is required.

HPSC-X200 Scientific Reasoning
R Jackson
Class #29600
02:30P-05:00P MW SE 140

Course Details TBD


HPSC-X207 Occult in Wesstern Civil
W Newman
Class #10898
09:30A-10:45A MW GA 1118

This class provides an introduction to the history of medicine from the Hippocratic Oath in ancient Greece to the 20th century. We will discuss major features of the medical world, including: transformations in anatomy and physiology, such as the discovery of the circulation of the blood and the role of microscopy; changing concepts of disease and therapeutic practices culminating with the germ theory of disease, cellular pathology, and the new understanding of cancer; shifts in institutional settings, from the bedside to the hospital and the rise of the laboratory. The course would be of interest to all students with an interest in a career in the medical professions (broadly conceived) and also to students interested in history and the life-sciences. There are no pre-requisites to take the class. This course meets requirements for IUB GenEd S&H credit and COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit.


HPSC-X229 Hist & Phil of Modern Physics
O Pessoa Jr.
Class #29127
09:30A-10:45A TR MN 001A

Course Details TBD

HPSC-X305 Hist & Phil of Medicine
E Lloyd
Class #13582
08:00A-10:30A TR GA 1134

Course Details TBD

HPSC-X308/X632 History of Biology
S Gliboff
Class #32668
02:30P-03:45P MW MO 228

The term “biology” was first used at the turn of the nineteenth century to distinguish a new “scientific” or “philosophical” approach to the study of life, distinct from natural history, natural theology, and medicine. But what did it mean to be scientific—either just then or for the ensuing two hundred years? Biology has continually transformed itself, in keeping with changing ideals, ideas, institutions, and instruments. This undergraduate seminar focuses on key individuals and pivotal moments in the history of modern biology that have re-defined its scientific character, by either opening new lines of inquiry and explanation, developing new kinds of instruments, practices, and infrastructure, or changing the social role of the biological scientist. There are no formal prerequisites, but knowledge of modern biology or modern European or American history will be helpful. The class meets together with the graduate-level X632 for discussion, but has different requirements.

HPSC-X340/X540 Scientific Methods - How science really works: Historical and philosophical perspectives on scientific method
J Schickore
Class #31740
02:30P-05:00P T MO 228

Scientific knowledge is often taken to be reliable because it arises from the use of “the scientific method”. But it is by no means easy to explicate what “the scientific method” is and what the distinct rules and procedures are that make the pursuit of knowledge scientific. This course introduces students to philosophical and historical debates about scientific methods. We will begin with the history of the concept “scientific method” itself: when and why did it emerge, what roles did it play in science, and how did it change over time? We then follow key debates about the idea of scientific method. We trace debates about questions such as:Is there one distinctive “scientific method” in science, are there many methods, or should we be skeptics about method? Are there methods of discovery? What role should the method of hypothesis play in science? The last part of the course will focus on specific methodological issues related to experimental research. We will examine historical and philosophical aspects of experimental control, replication, negative results, risk, and failure. 

HPSC-X451/X551 Scientific Understanding Reasoning
E Lloyd
Class #9364
09:15A-11:15A W MO 228

Course Details TBD

HPSC-X501 Professional Development
L Savion
Class #9031
12:00P-01:00P TR MO 228

This one credit seminar for beginning HPSC graduate students is designed to provide theoretical and pragmatic foundations for teaching in a variety of educational environments in higher education. Students will investigate their identities as teachers, understand the cognition of learning, correlate instructional techniques with tasks, and enrich their teaching abilities and satisfaction. Course topics include: course development, course portfolio, motivation, learning styles and theories, cognitive aspects of concept acquisition and retention, how to deal with prevalent naive misconceptions, active learning devices, multiple-facet assessment techniques, and diversity. Class projects include several short application papers, discussion exercises, individual and group presentations, and micro-teaching.

HPSC-X705 Sp Topics in the Hist Of Science
W Newman
Class #31714
11:30A-01:30P MW MO 228

As Aby Warburg, Erwin Panofsky, and other scholars whose work spans the history of science and art have shown, astrology long formed one of the central themes of concern to European and Islamic intellectuals. Astrology was arguably one of the first “applied sciences,” linking the empirical research and abstract theorizing of astronomy to the world of practical results. From providing the basis for planting crops to predicting the outcomes of battles, weather, and individual fates, astrological expertise permeated many aspects of medieval and Renaissance life. At the same time, the zodiacal signs, decans, and planets served an important role in the art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, providing visual topoi for manuscript illuminations, panel paintings, frescos, and encoded natal charts found in the ceilings of various Renaissance villas. Astrological themes also permeate the history of literature, ranging from the polyvalent work of Geoffrey Chaucer up to the satirical output of Jonathan Swift. The present course will begin by providing the basic astronomical information necessary to understand astrological material and then pass to a discussion of these themes in late antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the early modern period.

HPSC-X755 Sp Topics in Philosophy of Science
J Cat
Class #29130
10:00A-11:30A TR MO 228

Course Details TBD

HPSC-C104 Crit Approaches: Social & Hist
J Cat
Class #7148
2:30P-03:20P MW GA 0001
Discussion Friday Sessions
7796 01:25P-02:15P F ED 1250
7798 01:25P-02:15P F MO 112 Cat J
7797 02:30P-03:20P F HU 111
7799 02:30P-03:20P F MO 112

Course Details TBD.

HPSC-C104 Genetics and Eugenics
S Gliboff
Class #10769
10:10A-11:00A MW BH 310
Discussion Friday Sessions
11658 10:10A-11:00A F WH 203
29445 10:10A-11:00A F RA B109
11659 11:15A-12:05P F RA B109
29446 11:15A-12:05P F TE F104

This course is a history of heredity, of scientists’ visions for creating permanent improvements to the human body and mind, and of the interplay between scientific visions and social and political realities. It will show how developments in the laboratory not only helped to inspire social and medical programs but in turn also drew inspiration from them. Topics will include Gregor Mendel and his goal of modernizing agriculture through better plant- and animal breeding; the eugenics and racial-hygiene movements and their ideas about breeding better humans; classical genetics and proposals for its practical use in medicine; and finally the rise of molecular genetics and its real and promised applications. The course will introduce students to social and historical inquiry generally, to modern European and American History, and, especially, to the history of science as a discipline. It will also give students experience in locating and critically reading different kinds of historical sources, especially scientific papers and monographs from different time periods, newspaper and magazine articles, and secondary accounts by historians.