History and Philosophy of Science

Major/Minor/Specialisation !D22-AA-SPC+1023 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015


Dr Gerhard Wiesenfeldt

Email: gerhardw@unimelb.edu.au


Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
Email: 13MELB@unimelb.edu.au


The aim of History and Philosophy of Science is to understand science: how is works, its historical development and its function in modern society. History and Philosophy of Science thus integrates philosophical, historical and sociological approaches to the study of science. It thus provides students with an insight into scientific methods and objectives without actually having to do science. Students will gain analytical skills in evaluating scientific (and non-scientific) knowledge as well as a broad understanding of the historical development of science in its interactions with philosophy, religion and society.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Arts in this area of specialisation should:

  • identify, understand and synthesise the major theoretical, philosophical, sociological and historiographical themes in HPS;
  • possess a deep knowledge of one of the following areas: history of science; philosophy of science; sociology of science;
  • create sustained and critical arguments using appropriate knowledge and methods, culminating in independent and self-directed research;
  • develop an awareness of the relationship between HPS and other disciplines, especially the sciences;
  • demonstrate integrity and ethical awareness in all aspects of the programme‚Äôs learning activities;
  • apply HPS knowledge to real-world practice, including the development of policy and the provision of informed comment about science and society;
  • develop a wide range of life skills including: life-long learning; excellent communication; effective collaboration in small and large groups; and a high-level of organization;
  • reflect upon our own (individual) relationship with science and society.
Structure & Available Subjects:

Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time

The Graduate Diploma in Arts in this area of specialisation requires:

  • two complulsory subjects (25 points)

  • six elective subjects (75 points)

Total 100 points

Please note: students cannot take more than 12.5 points at first-year level

Subject Options:

Complulsory Subjects

Two complulsory subjects (25 points)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Elective Subjects

Six elective subjects (75 points)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2015
Semester 2
Not offered in 2015
Links to further information: http://shaps.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Arts

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