HPS Thesis

Subject HPSC40015 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with supervisor throughout period of enrolment.
Total Time Commitment:

An average of 10 hours each week.

Enrolment in this thesis subject must be over two consecutive semesters


Admission to fourth-year honours in History and Philosophy of Science or the postgraduate diploma with a specialisation in History and Philosophy of Science.



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/


Dr Kristian Camilleri


Semester 1 Dr Gerhard Wiesenfeldt


Semester 2 Dr Kristian Camilleri


Subject Overview:

An approved thesis topic selected in consultation with the fourth-year coordinator. The thesis is taken across two consecutive semesters, and is the result of the student’s own independent research.


Students who successfully complete this subject will

  • demonstrate an ability to undertake independent research
  • demonstrate specialist understanding of the subject being studied
  • demonstrate advanced skills of analysis pertinent to the subject
  • demonstrate a detailed sense of the theoretical debates in the subject area

A thesis of 15,000 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

  • develop skills necessary for postgraduate research.
  • be able to conceptualise and plan a substantial project of original research
  • be able to present material in draft form and engage in constructive discussion with the supervisor
  • be able to synthesise critical arguments and debates and engage with ongoing debates in the field
  • be able to enhance drafting and writing skills, in both a critical and creative manner
  • be able to manage time and study resources over a sustained period of time
Links to further information: http://hps.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: History and Philosophy of Science
History and Philosophy of Science

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