HPS Thesis

Subject HPSC40010 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016


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:

255 hours

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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Kristian Camilleri


Email: kcam@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

A supervised research project of 12 000 words.

Learning Outcomes:

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, due at the end of the second semester of enrolment (100%)
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://shaps.unimelb.edu.au/history-philosophy-science

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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