SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY
Spring 2020 (Deactivations ONLY)
Race, Sci, & Global
This course examines how the practice of sorting humans into distinct races is connected to the rise of modern science and to the economic globalization sparked by Columbus' arrival in the Americas in 1492. By examining the trajectory of race in science from the Iberian conquest of the Americas until the present, we will examine the ways in which colonial logics and structures persist into the present and the ways they've been disrupted by various revolutionary, anti-colonial, and anti-racist movements. Along the way, we will observe how cultural ideas about race have been woven into the conceptual fabric of modern scientific disciplines such as anthropology, biology, psychology, and sociology and how these disciplines have sought to redeem themselves from their racist pasts.
HSOC 219 - Race, Science, and Globalization
Every Other Term
Your department or program fields a variety of courses to meet distinct educational needs. Please explain how this course fits into your department's plan for participating in the general education curriculum of the College. The sector panel will want to know what is distinctive about this course along with the other courses your department lists in the sector that makes them suitable for the sector requirement.
The course falls squarely under humanities and social sciences and will teach method-related skills. The subject matter is pertinent and is sure to draw much interest from the Penn student body. Dr. Gil-Riano is an expert precisely on this topic and will likely keep offering this course for years to come.
One-term course offered either term
Humanities & Social Science Sector
Undergraduate elective for STSC major (Majors are required to take 7 of these electives)
Understanding and historicizing conceptions of race
Considering implications of these for present and future society
5 precis of readings (500 words max)
5 postings (paragraph length 300 words max) on historical actors from the readings
1 critical commentary on secondary source (5 minutes in class)
1 short essay on a primary source (1500 words)
1 final essay - critical analysis of course themes (2500 words)
Sector II - History and Tradition