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HIST 2089 - History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Assessment: Workshop participation 10%, Artefact review/interpretive panel 20%, PowerPoint with script 20%, Blog post examining science 20%, Essay 30%
Syllabus:

Many great discovery moments in science have become embedded in popular culture - think of the apple hitting Newton on the head, Archimedes' Eureka moment when he jumped out of the bath, and Darwin's insight into evolution by natural selection via his voyage to the Galapagos. But these stereotypes fail to capture the complexities inherent in the process of learning about our natural world using methods which we now describe as 'science'. They also fail to interrogate the ways in which science has shaped, and in turn been shaped by, sociocultural, political, and economic forces throughout history. This course examines the relationship between the production of scientific knowledge and its broader sociocultural contexts. In particular, this course explores how science has influenced our understanding of what it means to be human: our place in nature and in the universe, and the nature of matter, life, and death. Students will investigate key episodes in the history of science, technology, and medicine in depth to gain an understanding of the relationship between science and power throughout history, and also to reflect on the implications of this history for our contemporary views on science and our privileging of it as a form of knowledge production.

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  Commonwealth Supported Student Contribution
Tuition Fees
Units EFTSL Pre-2010 2010 Onwards Domestic International
3 0.125 Band 1 $820 Band 1 $820 select program select program


Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 12/08/2019 Sat 31/08/2019 Fri 20/09/2019 Fri 01/11/2019


Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
21710 LE01 85 49 30 Jul - 17 Sep Tuesday 10am - 11am Napier, G03, Lecture Theatre
8 Oct - 29 Oct Tuesday 10am - 11am Napier, G03, Lecture Theatre
Related Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
21711 WR04 22 12 30 Jul - 17 Sep Tuesday 1pm - 3pm Barr Smith South, 2052, Teaching Room
8 Oct - 29 Oct Tuesday 1pm - 3pm Barr Smith South, 2052, Teaching Room
21712 WR03 22 10 31 Jul - 18 Sep Wednesday 1pm - 3pm Lower Napier, LG15, Teaching Room
9 Oct - 30 Oct Wednesday 1pm - 3pm Lower Napier, LG15, Teaching Room
21713 WR02 22 8 30 Jul - 17 Sep Tuesday 11am - 1pm Ligertwood, 111, Teaching Room
8 Oct - 29 Oct Tuesday 11am - 1pm Ligertwood, 111, Teaching Room