Programme Specification: Part IB History and Philosophy of Science
This course is taught by the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.
- to give students an insight into the historical foundations of modern science and medicine within Western society, and into their philosophical structure and presuppositions;
- to encourage critical and analytical thought;
- to help students develop a broader understanding and appreciation of their scientific work;
- to develop skills in written communication.
At the end of the course students should:
- have an understanding of major themes in the development of science and medicine;
- have a more critical appreciation of the place of science and medicine in contemporary society;
- be able to draw together different parts of the course material;
- have an introductory knowledge of historical, philosophical and sociological methods for analysing science and medicine;
- have improved their writing skills.
Teaching and Learning Methods
These include lectures, supervisions and assigned reading.
Assessment for this course is through:
- two unseen written examinations (for aims 1-4 and learning outcomes 1-5).
Courses of Preparation