PHI 4333. Philosophy of Science.
Study of the nature, methods, and principles of modern science. Treatment of topics
such as the nature of facts, laws, and theories; the role of mathematics in science;
explanation, description, and proof; the philosophical presuppositions of realism
and other approaches to nature; rationality of scientific change; philosophic problems
posed by relativity and evolution.
HIS 4350. Scientific Revolutions.
A contextual intellectual history of critical episodes in the development of modern
natural science, exploring the boundaries between the sciences as autonomous disciplines
and the historical circumstances in which they have developed. Beginning with overviews
of ancient and medieval natural philosophy and of the Scientific Revolution, it then
proceeds to a range of more modern topics, including: the chemical revolution; the
discovery of deep, especially geological, time; electromagnetism, relativity and quantum
physics; the molecular revolution in biology.
BIO 2317. Disease and Society.
The history of infectious disease and mankind are remarkably intertwined. From diseases
that date back to antiquity, such as tuberculosis, cholera, and malaria, to emerging
pathogens such as West Nile and SARS, this course will explore the history of infectious
disease and its impact on modern civilization. Students will explore how continuously
changing technology, ecological conditions, and social practices have impacted the
spread of infection. The course will examine the role of our public health institutions
in disease control and prevention, including eradication and vaccination efforts.
Additionally, students will study contemporary issues such as the rise in autoimmunity
and antibiotic resistance.
BIO 2148. Darwin.
Investigations of the life and discoveries of Charles Darwin. Beginning with pre-Darwinian
ideas on transmutation. Darwin's life is outlined from the voyage of the Beagle to
the publication of the theory of natural selections and its subsequent reception by
scientific and nonscientific community. Commentary from critics and supporters of
Darwin's work aid in understanding the current status of the theory of natural selection
and its influence.
ECO 4325. History of Economic Thought.
The development of economic philosophy from its origins in ancient Greece to current
developments in modern microeconomic theory and macroeconomic theory. Emphasis on
original texts by Aristotle, Aquinas, Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Keynes, and Hayek et al.
The historical, cultural and social context within which economic theory developed,
and how real economic and philosophical currents influence inquiry and innovation
in economic science and practice.
HUSC 3331: Foundations of the Human Sciences.
An investigation into the historical emergence and durable legacy of the modern disciplines
that aim to scientifically understand human societies and cultures. The course will
include the reading of authors central to fields like anthropology, sociology, linguistics,
and social psychology. Topics such as the significance of the concepts 'society' and
'culture', debates about the scientific character of social and human sciences, the
differentiation of the various fields of the human sciences and their relations to
other disciplines, the fundamental interdisciplinarity of the human sciences, and
future prospects for the social, behavioral, and human sciences
MAT 3322. History and Philosophy of Mathematics.
The history of the development of mathematics, the lives and ideas of noted mathematicians.
PSY 3330. History of Psychology.
Study of the history and genealogy of psychology, as a science in the broad sense,
as a set of practices, and as institutions in the modern world. The relationships
between these contemporary disciplines and earlier ways of grasping human nature are
developed, without assuming that what we call psychology existed in the past. Focus
on the pivotal period from the middle of the nineteenth century to the middle of the
twentieth century. Emphasis on the multiple traditions in psychology.
HUSC 3312: Science, Technology, and Society.
A study of the characteristics and growth of the modern sciences, their effects on
society and culture, and the emergence of technological civilization. Topics such
as the nature of scientific research and the application of sciences, big science
vs. little science, the limits of scientific and technical knowledge, the political
and economic power of science and technology, effects on individual and social ways
of life, the rise of technicized industry and mass media, the relations between science,
technology, and religion, and ethics in science and technology
PHI 4334. Bioethics.
Analysis of contemporary moral issues in the biomedical sciences and biotechnology
from the viewpoints of major philosophical traditions. Treatment of topics such as
moral theories and scientific knowing; ethical questions and principles; stages of
moral development and the law of reason; realists, relativists, determinists, emotivists;
moral dilemmas; axiology; obligations in the healing relationship; ethical "work-up"
THE 4346. Faith and Science.
An examination of the apparent tension between the method and discoveries of modern
science and the Christian faith's theological approach to nature and the human person.
The resources developed by the Christian tradition for approaching secular learning
are used as a foundation for examining and critiquing the theories of contemporary
authors on the relation between science and faith, focusing on central issues such
as the origin of the universe and the evolution of the human species. Includes discussion
of key historical episodes such as the Galileo controversy and debates over evolution.