History and Philosophy of Science

Study in the discipline of History and Philosophy of Science is offered by the Unit of History and Philosophy and Science in the Faculty of Science. Units of study in this major are available at standard level.

Program structure and content

History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) allows students to enrich and deepen their knowledge of science and stand back from the specialised concerns of their other subjects by gaining a broader perspective on what science is, how it acquired its current form and how it fits into contemporary society. HPS is particularly relevant for students hoping to make careers in science policy, science administration, science education and science journalism. Any student with a genuine interest in science will derive benefit from study in HPS.

First year planning for a major in History and Philosophy of Science

Essential: 24 credit points of Junior study are required to enrol in Intermediate units of study in the History and Philosophy of Science.

Recommended: HPSC1000/1900 and 12 credit points of elective units of study from History, Philosophy, Gender Studies, Physics, Psychology, or other related areas of study in arts or science in consultation with the unit for History and Philosophy of Science.

A major in HPS consists of 24 credit points of HPS units of study. Most of our senior units of study have the following prerequisite: either both HPSC2100/2900 and HPSC2101/2901 or a credit or above in either HPSC2100/2900 or HPSC2101/2901.

Contact and further information

Website: sydney.edu.au/science/hps/
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T +61 2 9351 4226
Address:
Unit of History and Philosophy of Science
Level 3, Carslaw Building F07
University of Sydney
NSW 2006