HIST 382: History of Science, Medicine, and Technology in East Asia


This course explores the history of science, technology, modernity, and colonialism in East Asia from the premodern era to the Cold War. This course examines how science, technology, and medicine played an important role in the historical and social transformations in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Korea. Students will explore the historical and social processes in which scientific knowledge and technological artifacts were indispensable to the project of colonialism and in turn, how their infusion with new elements of colonialism led to the growth and proliferation of such knowledge and artifacts.