Shorter Thesis - HPS

Subject HPSC70001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 0
Level: Research Higher Degree
Dates & Locations: This is a time-based subject, taught on campus at Parkville.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with thesis supervisor throughout period of enrolment.
Total Time Commitment:

30 hours each week


Enrolment in the Master of Arts by Advanced Seminar and Shorter Thesis in History and Philosophy of Science


Whilst enrolled in HSPC90003 students will normally enrol in 2 of the following subjects:

HPSC40002 Directed Study; HPSC40016 Contemporary approaches in HPS; HPSC40017 Sociology of Science and Technology

Recommended Background Knowledge:

Knowledge gained in the completion of a 4 year Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
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:


Assoc Prof Michael Arnold, Dr Gerhard Wiesenfeldt


Dr Gerhard Wiesenfeldt


Dr Michael Arnold


Subject Overview:

Candidates will undertake research on a topic approved by the course coordinator under supervision of an academic member of staff.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject should have learnt how to:

  • develop a research proposal;
  • focus their research questions to an appropriate degree;
  • write clearly and concisely.
  • A thesis of 20,000 - 22,000 words, due at the end of the candidature (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:

Successful students will

  • develop skills in written and oral communication.
  • conduct independent research.
  • make appropriate use of primary and secondary sources in mounting an argument.
  • form defensible judgements based on a critical evaluation of conflicting arguments.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: MA (AS&&ST) History and Philosophy of Science

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