Classic Texts in HPS

Subject HPSC40016 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: one 2 hour seminar each week for 12 weeks.
Total Time Commitment:

approximately 10 hours each week.





Recommended Background Knowledge:

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

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Classic Texts will provide the student with a detailed overview of major themes in the History and Philosophy of Science. Each week we will explore a classic text in HPS, providing a grounding for understanding the ideas that have shaped and dominated the field. The subject will be seminar based, with an emphasis on high-level critical skills.


Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • Possess a critical understanding of the major themes in HPS
  • Be able to present an informed critical opinion on the major thinkers in HPS

2 Seminar Presentations, equivalent to 2000 words (combining a Wiki and a short presentation to the class) (40%) to be completed during the semester, and a Research Essay of 3000 words (60%), due during the end of semester examination period.

Hurdle Requirements: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to pass this subject. Regular participation in class is required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

To be advised

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will

  • develop skills in written communication.
  • conduct independent research.
  • make appropriate use of primary and secondary sources in mounting an argument.
  • develop skills in synthesizing and analysing literature relevant to a specific discipline or topic
  • 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)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: History and Philosophy of Science
History and Philosophy of Science
History and Philosophy of Science

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