This course examines the historical context of "teaching evolution" trials in the U.S. as a window into debates over the place of science and religion in American life. Starting with the famous Scopes "Monkey" trial of 1925 as an illustrative case study, students learn how to analyze the complex factors in such debates. Students complete an extensive research project on one of various subsequent trials or debates on teaching evolution. Affiliate department: Science and Technology in Society.
Prerequisites: SSI2 enrollment requires completion of SSI1 seminar