HUMA 526 (01) - Humanities and Science

Humanities and Science

Durham   Liberal Arts :: Humanities
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2022 - Full Term (08/29/2022 - 12/12/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   25  
CRN: 13560
In this interdisciplinary course, students examine the ways in which scientific and technological understanding affects the development of cultural expression. Scientific, technological and environmental factors are sometimes discussed as if they are separate from human beings, but in this course we will consider the myriad direct, complex, and surprising ways that they drive cultural shifts and are then understood in evolving ways by cultures. Topics vary with instructor. May be repeated once if topics is different.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Equivalent(s): HUMA 651
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Humanities(Disc)
Instructors: Ann Zimo

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/29/2022 12/12/2022 MW 3:40pm - 5:00pm MURK 202
Additional Course Details: 

From Ancient Greece and Medieval Europe, to 19th-century Haiti and the modern United States, the living dead have been a subject of deep concern and fascination among the living. No matter the level of scientific development, societies have recognized the primal fact that all humans are destined to die. But what happens afterwards? Zombies, the living dead, an inversion of the natural order of things, have existed from ancient times as manifestations of society’s fears over humanity’s place in the universe and its ability to control the environment and their very bodies through scientific, medical, and technological knowledge. Over the semester we will analyze a variety of primary sources including chronicles, stories, newspaper articles, and film to see how the living dead hold up a mirror to our own world and allow us to examine and reflect upon the lengths we can go to control the world around us with science, medicine, and technology.