2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
HPSC5201M Current Approaches in the History of Science, Technology & Medicine
30 creditsClass Size: 25
Module manager: Dr Adrian Wilson
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsSame as for MA programme admissions, i.e. normally a good honours degree, 2:1 or higher.
Module replacesHPSC5160 Current Research in HPS
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryIf the module recruits three or fewer students, it will be delivered via 3 hours of supervision with the module leader (instead of the format specified below).
ObjectivesThe module is designed:
- to outline a range of major historiographical approaches in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine;
- to examine their origins and interconnections, and the different ways in which they have been employed;
- to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches explored; and
- to promote a sophisticated analytical self-awareness among students as practitioners of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.
On completion of this module, students should be able:
- to demonstrate appropriately detailed knowledge of a number of major historiographical approaches in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine;
- to show familiarity with some of the key texts relating to each of the approaches;
- to appreciate the strengths and shortcomings of different approaches, and be able to engage in informed critical analysis; and
- to decide where they stand in regard to the different approaches, and to reflect critically on their own position.
The module will examine a series of major historiographical approaches in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, such as social constructivist, feminist, Marxist, Foucauldian, practice-oriented, communication-oriented, object-oriented, and integrated HPS.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||278.00|
|Total Contact hours||22.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Private study- Reading for seminars (6 hours/week) = 66 hours
- Preparing seminar presentations (2 x 15 hours) = 30 hours
- Reading over seminar notes (2 hours/week) = 22 hours
- Further Reading and Essay Preparation (2 x 32 hours) = 64 hours
- Essay Preparation (2 x 48 hours) = 96 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents will receive feedback:
- informally during the course of seminars, when the leader will respond to observations and questions;
- on assessed essays (one mid-term, one at the end of term), which will be returned with written comments within three weeks;
- informally during the office hours of the module teachers.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 05/04/2019
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