HPS Thesis

Subject HPSC40010 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with supervisor throughout period of enrollment.
Total Time Commitment:

An average of 10 hours each week.

Please note this thesis subject is currently being phased out and is only available to students who commenced their Honours/PD-Arts program/Masters by Coursework (102SC) prior to 2013. Students wishing to enrol in Honours/PD-Arts from 2013 will need to enrol in a 50 point thesis subject as per the course requirements for BH-Arts & PD-Arts.

Enrolment in this thesis subject must be over two consecutive semesters





Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students enrolling in this subject must have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent.

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: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Subject Overview:

A supervised research project of 12 000 words.


Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • have learned processes and practice of research work in one of the fields of history of science, social history of medicine, philosophy of science, social study of science and technology.
  • be able to critically develop, apply, and reflect on current methodological approaches to one of the above fields.
  • have an enhanced understanding of HPS across a wide area.
  • have increased autonomy and independence in defining do-able problems in HPS.
  • understand the research and scholarly requirements of a thesis length piece of writing.

A thesis of 12 000 words 100% (due at the end of the second semester of enrolment).

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:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • be able to locate resources and evaluate information.
  • be able to undertake critical thinking and analysis.
  • have developed oral and written communication skills.
  • have developed research skills.
  • have learned time management and planning skills.
Links to further information: http://hps.unimelb.edu.au/

This thesis is only available to students who commenced an honours degree or postgraduate diploma in History and Philosophy of Science prior to 2013 and to students enrolled on the Masters od Arts in Science, Communication and Society (102SC). All other students should enrol in the 50 point thesis (HPSC40015).

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