2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
HPSC1046 Introduction to the History of Science
10 creditsClass Size: 200
Module manager: Dr Adrian Wilson
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe modern world is dominated by science and technology, yet it was not always so; for instance, the investigation of nature (not then called science) was originally part of philosophy. This module explores how modern science came into being, as a way of introducting you to the history of science and of exploring its wider historical connections. The questions to be addressed will typically include: When and how did modern science come into being? Is modern science a single entity, or is it divided into distinct sciences? How has science come to be regarded as authoritative? Throughout the module, we will be looking at the different ways that historians have approached such issues, and you will be introduced to selected relevant primary sources (of a non-technical kind). No prior knowledge of science is necessary or assumed.
ObjectivesThe module will introduce students (a) to the fact that science has a history; (b) to the complexity of that history; and (c) to the range of interpretations which that history has received. It will do so by (i) outlining key episodes in the history of science; (ii) guiding students in the interpretation of selected relevant primary source-material; and (iii) incorporating historiographic debates throughout.
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of some key developments in the history of science;
2. Critically evaluate claims about the history of science;
3. \Interpret historical evidence concerning the history of science.
Historical analytical skills.
This module examines the key features of the history of science. It will typically focus on long-term changes (e.g. the Scientific Revolution), on a set of themed case studies, or on an extended historical case study (e.g. the Darwinian revolution).
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||84.00|
|Total Contact hours||16.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private study11 hours reading over and supplementing lecture notes (1hr/week x 11)
25 hours reading and preparing for tutorials (5 hrs/tutorial x 5)
24 hours essay preparation
24 hours short answer paper preparation
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackFrom the mid-semester essay (1x1,000 words) and in fortnightly class discussion.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Assignment||Short answer questions, 1500 words total||50.00|
|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
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