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HPSC4105: HPS Research Methods

Adopting a seminar style, this unit provides students with an advanced knowledge of the skills necessary to conduct their own original research in the sociology, history and philosophy of science. Participants will be given a weekly set of core readings, and specialists both from within the Unit and from outside will present their views on the topic in question. This presentation will form the basis for a discussion involving the students, the academic members of the Unit, and invited speakers. Topics will include: the use of case studies in the philosophy of science, how to conduct oral history projects, institutional history, and sociological methodology.

Code HPSC4105
Academic unit History and Philosophy of Science Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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12 credit points of HPSC3XXX or PHIL3XXX or HSTY3XXX
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. critically discuss and analyse central themes in recent literature in HPS
  • LO2. articulate the essential elements in conducting research in HPS
  • LO3. present well-developed arguments (both written and verbal), particularly those associated with your thesis topic
  • LO4. conduct the research for your thesis and present the results of that research in both written and verbal form.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.