Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: A two-hour seminar per week. |
Total Time Commitment: An average of 10 hours each week.
|Prerequisites:||Admission into the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours, or a masters program.|
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||Knowledge gained in the successful completion of an undergraduate degree.|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||This subject was previously taught under the code 136-509. Students who have completed 136-509 are not permitted to enrol in this subject.|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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In the first half of the twentieth century the natural sciences underwent a dramatic transformation, both in terms of their theoretical foundations and their technological applications. But this was also a tumultuous period of European cultural and political history, which witnessed two World Wars and stark differences in political ideology and regime between liberal capitalist democracy, Nazism, Fascism and Soviet Marxism. In this subject we examine the ways in which the genesis, development, interpretation and reception of scientific theories were entangled with the wider social, cultural and political ferment of the time. Through an analysis of several case studies from physics, biology, and psychology in the twentieth century, we will critically examine the controversial thesis that social, cultural and ideological movements are not only shaped by, but also shape, the very form and content of scientific theories. Of particular interest here will be the way scientists themselves responded to the social and political upheavals of the time, particularly after the First World War, and to what extent their own thought and work bears the mark of such influence.
Student who successfully complete this course will have learnt
|Assessment:||Written work totalling 5,000 words comprising a 1,000 word review, 20% (due during semester), and a 4,000 word research essay, 80% (due at the end of semester).|
|Prescribed Texts:|| |
A course reader will be made available from the University Bookshop. Readings will also be made available online.
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Student who successfully complete this course will be able to
|Links to further information:||http://www.pasi.unimelb.edu.au/hps/|
M.A.History & Philosophy of Science (Advanced Seminars & Shorter Thesis) |
Master of Arts (Science, Communication and Society)
History and Philosophy of Science |
History && Philosophy of Science
History and Philosophy of Science
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