HIST401 Syllabus
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Study Questions
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Essay Reviews
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  Example #1 by Student
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Dr. Stephen G. Brush
Distinguished University Professor of the History of Science
Department of History
Institute for Physical Science & Technology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA

Stephen G. Brush Home Page

Last modified:
July 30, 2004
Stephen G. Brush

HIST 401, Fall 2004 , p. 2

Important note about books for this course:
      These books should be available at both the Maryland Book Exchange and the University Book Center.  If you have difficulty buying any of them, please write down the name and phone number of the bookstore employee who tells you it is not available, and give to the instructor at the next class.  No action can be taken by the instructor without this information!

All books listed above will be on reserve in McKeldin or EPSL

Additional Required Readings: (free handouts)

  • Cunningham, A. & Williams, P., "De-centring the 'big picture': The Origins of Modern Science and the modern origins of science," British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 26 (1993), pages 407-32
  • Holt, J., "Mistaken Identity Theory: Why Scientists Always Pick the Wrong Man," Lingua Franca (March 2000), page 60
  • Kuhn, T.S., "What Are Scientific Revolutions?" in The Probabilistic Revolution, Volume 1, Ideas in History, edited by L. Kruger et al., pages 7-22

Basis for determining course grade
      The course grade will be based primarily on two examinations (mid-term on Thursday, October 7, at 12:30 pm ,and final on Friday, December 17, at 1:30 pm , both in CSS 2324) and two essay-review papers, due in class on November 4 and December 2 .  Class participation and "extra credit" work will also count.  See below for details.

Attendance Policy:
      Class participation is an essential part of this course.  Also, the grade for class participation will definitely be affected by your attendance record.

Examinations (October 7 & December 17 ) and Study Questions; Extra Credit
      The exams will consist of essay questions (40%) and several short-answer questions (60%); there will be no multiple-choice questions.  Most of the questions on the exams will be selected from lists of study questions posted on the course website, based primarily on the readings; in addition there will be some questions based on the lectures.  The midterm exam covers topics 1-3; the final exam covers topics 1-6 with emphasis on 4-6.
      You can prepare for the midterm exam, and get extra credit toward your course grade, by handing in answers to study questions (select from the lists for Topics 1, 2, 3); if handed in by September 28 they will be graded and returned by October 5 .  Similarly, you can hand in answers to any study questions (other than those used in the midterm exam or those you handed in earlier) by December 2 , and they will be graded and returned by December 9 .  The final deadline for getting extra credit this way is the last day of class, December 9 (but you will not get graded questions back before the final exam).  Correct answers for essay questions = 2 points; for short answer = 1/2 each.  Answers must be in your own words (as on an exam), not quotations from the readings.
      The maximum total amount of extra credit you can get is 20 points in your course grade (e.g., raising a C to an A).  For best results turn in more than the corresponding number of answers, in case you don't get them all right; you will also find out which questions you need to study again.
      You should study all the questions and discuss them with other students if possible, before each exam.  A review session will be held before each exam, at which you can ask about any questions you don't understand or know how to answer.

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