History and Philosophy of Science

Major/Minor/Specialisation !290AA-MAJ+1009 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012


Dr Kristian Camilleri


Email: kcam@unimelb.edu.au


Areas of Specialisation: Research projects can be accommodated in a variety of areas and prospective students should contact the coordinator for assistance with selection of a topic.


The HPS program specialises in the following areas:

  • History of the physical sciences;
  • Relations of science, philosophy and political thought in the early modern Europe and in the twentieth century;
  • History of medicine and the biomedical sciences;
  • Metaphysics of scientific realism;
  • Epistemic naturalism;
  • The idea of ‘Nature' in the context of contemporary environmental and human sciences;
  • How science might generatively engage other knowledge traditions;
  • Social context of computer-based technologies.
Structure & Available Subjects:

The course consists of a 12 000 word supervised research project (37.5%) and a coursework component of five of the Department's honours and postgraduate level seminars (each weighted 12.5%, and requiring the equivalent of 5000 words each).

Subject Options:

The seminars may be chosen from the following:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2

Students may choose a maximum of two honours subjects in philosophy as electives from the following:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Links to further information: http://graduate.science.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Diploma in Science

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