History and Philosophy of Science

Honours

Honours in History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) is a one-year component embedded in the Bachelor of Advanced Studies. It includes four 6-credit point units of advanced coursework in several HPS areas (Philosophy, History, and Sociology, along with Research Methods). As well as a 24-credit point research project.

Honours is available to students who have a completed major in an area relevant to their project and have met the requirements outlined in the resolutions. Admittance into the program is determined by the Faculty of Science as well as the honours coordinator.

Honours Coordinator:

Professor Peter Godfrey-Smith
T +61 2 9351 4226
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Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE (HONOURS)

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) (History and Philosophy of Science) requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 18 credit points of 4000-level Honours coursework selective units from List 1, and
(ii) 6 credit points of 4000-level Honours coursework selective units from List 1 or List 2, and
(iii) 24 credit points of 4000-level Honours research project units

Honours Coursework Selective

List 1
HPSC4101
Philosophy of Science
6    P 12 credit points of HPSC3XXX or PHIL3XXX or HSTY3XXX
Semester 1
HPSC4102
History of Science
6    P 12 credit points of HPSC3XXX or PHIL3XXX or HSTY3XXX
Semester 2
HPSC4103
Sociology of Science
6    P 12 credit points of HPSC3XXX or PHIL3XXX or HSTY3XXX
Semester 2
HPSC4104
Recent Topics in HPS
6    P 12 credit points of HPSC3XXX or PHIL3XXX or HSTY3XXX
Semester 1
Semester 2
HPSC4105
HPS Research Methods
6    P 12 credit points of HPSC3XXX or PHIL3XXX or HSTY3XXX
Semester 1
HPSC4108
Core topics: History and Philosophy of Sci
6    P 12 credit points of HPSC3XXX or PHIL3XXX or HSTY3XXX
Semester 1
Semester 2
List 2
SCIE4001
Science Communication
6    A Completion of a major in a science discipline. Basic knowledge of other sciences is beneficial. Experience in communication such as delivering oral presentations and producing written reports. An awareness of science in a societal context, e.g., of disciplinary applications.
P 144 credit points of units of study and including a minimum of 24 credit points at the 3000- or 4000-level and 18 credit points of 3000- or 4000-level units from Science Table A.


Mid-year honours students would take this unit of study in S1 (their second semester of study).
Semester 1
SCIE4002
Experimental Design and Data Analysis
6    A Completion of units in quantitative research methods, mathematics or statistical analysis at least at 1000-level.
P 144 credit points of units of study and including a minimum of 24 credit points at the 3000- or 4000-level and 18 credit points of 3000- or 4000-level units from Science Table A.
N ENVX3002 or STAT3X22 or STAT4022 or STAT3X12
Intensive March
SCIE4003
Ethics in Science
6    A Successful completion of a Science major.
P 144 credit points of units of study and including a minimum of 24 credit points at the 3000- or 4000-level and 18 credit points of 3000- or 4000-level units from Science Table A
N HSBH3004 or HPSC3107
Intensive August
Intensive March

Honours Core Research Project

HPSC4201
HPS Honours Research Project A
6    A (HPSC2100 or HPSC2900) and (HPSC2101 or HPSC2901)
Semester 1
Semester 2
HPSC4202
HPS Honours Research Project B
6    A (HPSC2100 or HPSC2900) and (HPSC2101 or HPSC2901)
C HPSC4201
Semester 1
Semester 2
HPSC4203
HPS Honours Research Project C
6    A (HPSC2100 or HPSC2900) and (HPSC2101 or HPSC2901)
C HPSC4202
Semester 1
Semester 2
HPSC4204
HPS Honours Research Project D
6    A (HPSC2100 or HPSC2900) and (HPSC2101 or HPSC2901)
C HPSC4203
Semester 1
Semester 2