History 2D: Science, Magic, and Religion
History 2D: Science, Magic, and Religion (Spring 2009, UCLA). Taught by Professor Courtenay Raia, this course deals with science and religion as historical phenomena that have evolved over time and examines the earlier mind-set before 1700 when into science fitted elements that came eventually to be seen as magical. The course also question how Western cosmologies became "disenchanted." Magical tradition transformed into modern mysticisms is also examined as well as the political implications of these movements. And the course includes discussion concerning science in totalitarian settings as well as "big science" during the Cold War.