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School of History and Philosophy of Science

Placing science in its historical and social context
At the crossroads of arts and science, we examine past and current developments in all areas of science, technology and medicine from a range of humanistic perspectives.

History and philosophy of science (HPS) is an ideal way to critically engage with science and its social and cultural significance. Any student with a genuine interest in science will derive benefit from the study of this discipline.

Teaching at the School of History and Philosophy of Science

Teaching staff in the School of History and Philosophy of Science have published widely in their fields of expertise and have gained international recognition for their research. This makes them fantastic educators, sharing their knowledge and experiences in the classroom so students can be at the forefront of innovations in the field.

The University of Sydney is ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability.* This stems from our immersive, research-led teaching which prepares students for the real-world and a successful career.

*2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings 

Key staff

Professor Hans Pols
Head of School

Kristin Anderson
School Manager

Debbie Castle
Executive Officer

Seminar series

The HPS Research Seminar Series runs on selected Mondays at 5.30pm during semester.

All Welcome. No Booking Required. Free.

Date Venue Speaker Topic
Monday 20th August New Law Annex Seminar Room 446 Professor Ron Mallon, Washington University, St Louis TBA
Wednesday 29 August Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre 315 Healing Fukushima: A Documentary Film by Sulfikar Amir Discussion with the Director and Screen writer at the conclusion of the film
Monday 3rd September TBA Emeritus professor Stephen Gaukroger
University of Sydney
Science fiction and the revival of wonder
Monday 10th October New Law Annex 444 HPS Alumni and
Careers Advisors
Presentations by HPS graduates.
Careers night
Monday 8th October New Law Annex Seminar Room 446 Professor Jenifer Mensch
Western Sydney University
Monday 15th October TBA Elena Serrano
Max Plank Institute
Monday 29th October New Law Annex Seminar Room 446 Professor Emma Kowal
Deakin University

Head of School

Associate Professor Hans Pols
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School of History and Philosophy of Science

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