Shorter Thesis - HPS

Subject HPSC90003 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points:
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with supervisor throughout the period of enrolment.
Total Time Commitment:

30 hours each week




Over the period of their enrolment in this subject students will normally complete 2 of the following subjects:

HPSC40002 - Directed Study

PHIL40001 - Realism, Relativism and Naturalism

HPSC90010 - Environment and Knowledge

HPSC40014 - Science and Ideology in the 20th Century

HPSC40011 - Medicine and Culture

HPSC40012 - Beyond the Spin: Technoscientific Failure

Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request 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.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Assoc Prof Helen Verran


Associate Professor Helen Verran

Subject Overview:

Candidates will undertake research on a topic approved by the course coordinator under supervision of an academic member of staff.


Successful students will

  • develop a research proposal.
  • focus their research questions to an appropriate degree.
  • write clearly and concisely.

A thesis of 20,000 - 22,000 words 100% due at the end of the candidature.

Prescribed Texts:

Appropriate texts will be determined in consultation with the thesis supervisor

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Successful students will:

  • develop skills in written and oral communication.
  • conduct independent research.
  • make appropriate use of primary and secondary sources in mounting an argument.
  • form defensible judgements based on a critical evaluation of conflicting arguments.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): M.A.History & Philosophy of Science (Advanced Seminars & Shorter Thesis)

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