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HISTSCI 219 - Critical Approaches to the Study of Science and Religion or return to Course Catalog Search

208255 – Section 001   

Faculty of Arts and SciencesHistory of ScienceAhmed Ragab
TermDay and TimeLocation
Spring 2018-2019  (show academic calendar)W   3:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.Andover 117 - Pfeiffer (HDS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level

The study of science and religion has been traditionally dominated by theoretical discussions centered around the possibility of reconciling Science (capital S: often referring to Western Science) and Religion (capital R, often referring to specific traditions as understood through Western lens). In the process, science is presented as monolithic and ahistorical, and religion as equally fixed and unidimensional. This mode of investigation often fails to engage with questions of race, gender, sexuality and socioeconomic status, and is oblivious to the history of colonialism and to the concerns of indigenous populations. In this course, we deploy a critical lens in understanding and discussing different questions at the intersection of science and religion. Using a series of case studies, and engaging with a number of theoretical and methodological approaches derived from religious studies, history and philosophy of science and STS (Science, Technology and Society studies), postcolonial, critical race and queer theory, the course investigates the production of meanings and the making of intellectual, epistemic and political authority at the intersection of scientific and religious cultures.The course is a research workshop with a focus on training and professionalization and an emphasis on methods tools in academic writing and research. Students work on specific projects throughout the semester from topic selection, question formation, to research and writing to produce a piece of academic writing such as research papers, conference papers, articles, book reviews, prospectus, syllabi, etc. Jointly offered in the Harvard Divinity School as HDS 3346.

This course has an additional section hour to be arranged.

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Cross Registration
Eligible for cross-registration
With permission of instructor/subject to availability

MIT students please cross register from MIT's Add/Drop application.