Syllabus for Unsettled Frontiers: Knowledge and Science in the Long 19th Century

Obestämda gränser: Kunskap och vetenskap under det långa 1800-talet

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5LH406
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: History of Science and Ideas A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2014-04-14
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 18, 2014
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree with the main field of study within the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Faculty of Science and Technology or the equivalent.
  • Responsible department: Department of History of Science and Ideas

Decisions and guidelines

The course is part of Masterprogram i humaniora (Master's Programme in Humanities), Uppsala University.

Learning outcomes

Participants of the course will be able to

  • understand the meaning and the overall importance of demarcating science from knowledge.
  • understand the historical and epistemological conditions which gave rise to and shaped modern science as integral part of a globalised world.
  • analyse this process of delineating the boundaries between modern science and knowledge as a part of a historical process in which social, cultural and economic transformations on a global scale took place.
  • analyse how our current understanding of history, modernity and science was shaped between 1770 – 1914, i.e. the “long 19th century”, and identify important landmarks in this historical process of changing knowledge regimes.

Content

Demarcation and boundary-making have emerged as crucial questions for, and have left an indelible mark on, the philosophy and sociology of science. But are frontiers between disciplines, between "science" and "knowledge", or "knowledge" and "ignorance" as definitively demarcated as philosophers, sociologists or policy planners imply in their theories? Can history shed new light on this question? The historical period, 1770 – 1914, appears to us as a turning point in the historical development of the rise of modern science. Boundary-making itself can be seen as a magnifying glass to study the history of science in its wider relationship with other knowledge producing activities as well as with society in general. This course seeks to historicize boundary making and thereby being at the same time sensitive to the spatial turn taken by the history of science in the past decades.

Instruction

The course will consist of lectures and seminars.

Assessment

Examination will include participation in seminars and the writing of papers.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.