Students often view science as dry, as a series of facts and theories that are divorced from the process of creation, discovery, debate, and argumentation. In this sense, the world of science is “closed” to them. This course challenges students' assumptions. Through historical cases, this course explores the changing relationship between science and society: how do scientists collect evidence and build theories? How do theories and concepts interact with the society around them? By the end of the course students will appreciate how science is not an essential practice that remains constant over time and place, but is deeply embedded within its social, historical, and cultural frame. This view of science will provide students with a lens to examine contemporary scientific theories and practices as they encounter them.