This course offers a survey of the history of astrology,
primarily in the West. Students will:
Examine how astrology originated in various
cultures and what questions it sought to address
· See how astrology became embedded in mainstream culture in these societies
· Study the lineages in which different astrological theories developed
· Examine the relationship between the history of science and religion, philosophy and mythology
· Examine the changes in cosmology throughout history and how these changes affected society's attitudes.
· Critique the intellectual shifts in religion and philosophy that led to the modern scientific and secular worldview, and the rejection of intuitive ways of knowing
· Explore how changes in 20th century philosophy and science affected the arts and sciences, and how 21st century research is moving toward a more inclusive world view.
By the end of this course, students will have a greater appreciation of the role astrology has played in the development of modern science and its interaction with religion, philosophy and the arts.