Shannon Long (B.A.'14) wins UVA's Elizabeth Cady Stanton 2014 Award
Rachael Givens Johnson has won the Pilar Sáenz Student Essay Award from the Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
Incoming Ph.D. candidate among new class of Jefferson Scholars
Evan D. McCormick (Ph.D.' 15), receives Miller Center Fellowship for 2014-15
HIUS 4501 (4)
Seminar in United States History
"Debating Science in Modern America"
This seminar explores how politicians, business people, activists, and everyday Americans have understood and invoked "science" in social debates. We will focus on transfixing moments of political disagreement to ask questions about the role of experts within democracy, how social science came to be defined and used as a guide to policy, and the nature of certainty and uncertainty. Topics include the Scopes "Monkey" Trial, eugenics, the decision to use the atomic bomb, Brown v. Board of Education, debates about overpopulation, tobacco, climate change and intelligent design. Readings include monographs, articles and primary sources.
The course is intended to help students write an article-length (25-30 pp.) essay based on original research. For the first six weeks of the semester, we will meet once weekly to discuss readings. These sessions should help students formulate the question that will frame their research paper. The remainder of the semester will focus on researching and writing on a topic of students own choosing. Students will be assessed based on their in-class participation (15%), the production of a bibliography (15%), a rough draft essay (20%), and the final paper (50%).
This course fulfills the second writing assignment.