STS 338

Apes and Angels, 1789-1882

This course examines the theory of evolution against the backdrop of British society and culture in the nineteenth century. Charles Darwin's life and work provide the central focus that allows us to explore the changing and contested relationships between science and society. The course pays particular attention to how visions of "man's place in nature" intersected with theological, political, and social visions as Victorians asked: are humans apes or angels?

Prerequisites: Students may not receive credit for both STS 144 and STS 338.