Sociology of Science (HPSC4103)

UNIT OF STUDY

This seminar discusses a range of approaches to the social theory of modern science. We will read key texts on questions such as: what makes science part of Western modernity? What is the role of science in the social transformations of the industrial era? In what sense, if at all, can science be said to offer privileged access to reality? What is the relationship between scientific knowledge and social reality?

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Classes

One 2 hour seminar per week, individual consultation.

Assessment

5000wd essay (50%) Seminar presentation (50%)

Textbooks

Weekly Readings

Faculty/department permission required?

Yes

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