Eugenics and the Social Sciences

Spring 2005

Assignments

 

Day and Date
Topic

Class #1

Monday

January 24, 2005

First Assignment: Buy Books On Line
order your copies on line. Below you willl find a link which provides information about the class books. I have provided links to buy the books at Amazon. This is only for your convenience. If you find a better alternative please share it with the class. Please feel free to buy used copies.

Books


In class on Wednesday we will begin our discussion of the Kevles reading. Your first brief will be due next week.

Introduction:

  1. What is Eugenics?
  2. Why is it relevant for the social sceinces and in particular economics and sociology?
  3. How has eugenics shaped the social sciences?
  4. How has eugenics shaped public policy?

These are some of the questions that we will discuss and answer over the course of the semester.

Some definitions of Eugenics:

  1. The study of hereditary improvement of the human race by controlled selective breeding.
  2. The science which has for its object the investigation of the conditions under which people of a high type are produced. (Galton 1883).

For class Wednesday January 26:

  1. video of lecture by Professor Sandra Peart
  2. handout to accompany the video lecture
  3. we will have a dicsusion after the video

Monday's Assignment:

Reading assignment: Kelves pages vii - 95

Class #2

Wednesday

January 26, 2005

In this class we will discuss

video of Sandra Peart's lecture

with accompanying handout of lecture notes

Class #3

Monday

January 31, 2005

Kevles first reading

groups of two began our dsicussion of each chapter (1-9)

 

 

Class #4

Wednesday

February 2, 2005

We will cointinue our discussion of chapters 1-9

your first seminar brief is due

 

Class #5

Monday

February 7, 2005

We will continue our discussion of the book In the Name of Eugenics.

Your second brief is due Wednesday.

Class #6

Wednesday

February 9, 2005

Leavy and Pearts series from Liberty Fund on the Dismal Science and Eugenics

your second seminar brief is due

Readings from levy and peart found here

http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/LevyPeartdismal.html

Read columns 1, 2, 3, and 6. You will note that column 6 is about eugenics but it refers to columns 1, 2, and 3. If you are pressed for time read column 6 first and then read columns 1,2, and 3 (time permitting) as background material.

Class #7

Monday

February 14, 2005

We are now going to jump ahead to material which affects and raises the very same questions today. Normally we would cover this material chronologically but I thought we might try material touching on these debates today so that you will have a better sense of the various topics that you might choose for your final projects and your final paper.

 

In monday's class we will watch a lecture given by Francis Fukuyama: His Lecture is titled: "Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Bio-Technology Revolution." He is the author of "The End of History,"

for Wednesday's class we will discuss disuss Francis Fukuyama's "Our Posthuman Future"

Class #8

Wednesday

February 16, 2005

We Will continue our discussion of Francis Fukuyama's Post Human Future

we will also have group discussions of sections of Fukuyama's book for thsoe who have not yet acted as a discussion leader it will be your turn.

Class #9

Monday

February 21, 2005

We will continue with our discussion of Francis Fukuyama's Post Human Future

Class #10

Wednesday

February 23, 2005

We finished with our discussion of Francis Fukuyama's Post Human Future

Class #11

Monday

February 28, 2005

Rabbit Proof Fence

Class #12

Wednesday

march 2, 2005

Finish Rabbit Proof Fence

Class Discussion following the film

Class #13

Monday

march 7, 2005

Today we begin our discussion of Vanity of the Philosopher

Your Seminar Brief is due today.

Class #14

Wednesday

march 9, 2005

Dreamweaver Training

SPRING BREAK 2005

6pm Friday, March 11 to 8 am Monday, March 21

Class #15

Monday

March 21, 2005

Today we continue our discussion of Vanity of the Philosopher

 

Class #16

Wednesday

March 23, 2005

 Today we continue our discussion of Vanity of the Philosopher

Your Seminar Brief is due today.

Class #17

Monday

March 28, 2005

Today we finish our discussion of Vanity of the Philosopher

Class #18

Wednesday

March 30, 2005

 GATTACA

Class #19

Monday

April 4, 2005

Finishing GATTACA

class discussion

Your paper proposals

Class #20

Wednesday

April 6, 2005

Today we discuss a series of articles from Slate

 

There are seven articles in the series Building a Better You How you'll become stronger, faster, smarter.
There is also the piece Extroverted Like Me: How a month and a half on Paxil taught me to love being shy.

Please come to class ready to discuss these articles. Think about how they fit into the topics we have already covered.

  • What do you think about the implications of “building a better you”?
  • What are the concerns raised by the authors?
  • Do you agree or disagree? If so why? If not why?
  • Do you think that the author has missed something important? If so what?
  • Try to relate the material to current events.
  • And above all enjoy these pieces!

 

Class #21

Monday

April 11, 2005

Steven Pinker's The Blank Slate

Read the following

  • Preface
  • Part I: The Blank late, the Noble Savage, and the Ghost in the Machine

Class #22

Wednesday

April 13, 2005

Steven Pinker's The Blank Slate

Read the following

  • Part II: Fear and Loathing
  • Part III: Human Naure with a Human face

Class #23

Monday

April 18, 2005

Steven Pinker's The Blank Slate

Read the following

  • Part IV: Know Thyself
  • Chapter 16: Politics

Class #24

Wednesday

April 20, 2005

Steven Pinker's The Blank Slate

Read the following

  • Part V: Hot Buttons
  • Part VI: The Voice of the Species

Class #25

Monday

April 25, 2005

possible remaining topics

  • GK Chesteton's Eugenics and Other evils
  • evidence from experiemtnal economics
  • American Institutional Economics and eugenics

Class #26

Wednesday

April 27, 2005

 

Class #27

Monday

May 2, 2005

Presentations

Class #28

Monday

May 4, 2005

Last Class

Presentations