For a major in History and Philosophy of Science, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from senior HPS units of study.


Junior level courses

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Intermediate level courses

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Senior level courses

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HPSC3107 Science, Ethics and Society
Coordinater :
HPSC3023 - History and Philosophy of Psychology and Psychiatry.

HPSC3108 History and Philosophy of the Physical Sciences

Course Coordinator: Dr Daniela Helbig

Classes: One x 2hour lecture and One x 1 hour Tutorial

Assignments: 1500 wd and 2000 wd Essays

This unit of study examines the genesis of ‘modern’ physics in the late 19th and 20th century, primarily the rise of relativity theory and quantum physics, with Albert Einstein as a central figure. These subdisciplines have not only changed physics itself, but have also been deeply influential for the development of the philosophy of science. We will investigate the history of modern physics in its broader historical context leading up the development of the atomic and hydrogen bombs, and the philosophical responses to questions raised by modern physics regarding the status of scientific descriptions of reality, the nature of space and time, and causality. Key questions include:

1) What makes the modern physical sciences ‘modern’?

2) What can physics tell us about reality?

3) What has the role of physics been in the twentieth century, and what does it mean to write the history of the physical sciences?

Semester 2

Honours level courses

What are the benefits of doing Honours?

Completing a degree with an Honours year opens the door to many opportunities, particularly in the field of research. Honours students have the chance to undertake exciting original research under the supervision of internationally recognised academics in a variety of specialisations. An Honours year enhances your career prospects with significant increase in employment opportunities in an area related to your interests.

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