What is the course about?
Discuss how and why the concept of “science” has changed over time. The course will use an historical approach to discuss the causes and consequences of the most influential scientific ideas from prehistoric societies to the present day. And will use original source material and historical accounts to explore how scientific ideas have been interpreted at the time and since.
What will we cover?
- What is science?
- Scientific ideas through time.
- Modern scientific thought.
- Debates in science today.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Express different interpretations of the term “science”.
- Describe the scientific ideas held in different societies in the past.
- Explain some of the factors which encourage and discourage new scientific thinking.
- Analyse some of the issues influencing modern scientific thinking.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
An interest in the areas of science or history or both is all that is required, though you will, of course, get more out of the course if you are prepared to ask and answer sometimes challenging questions about the past.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The sessions will involve a combination of tutor and student led learning activities, with tasks which might be completed as an individual, pair, small group or whole class basis. The course will involve the interpretation of primary and secondary source material, and students will be encouraged to form their own interpretation of the topics studied.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Although there will be suggestions about optional wider reading, all you’ll need in each session is a pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS135 Astronomy in focus: Human exploration to the moon and beyond
HS201 Professor Ian Crawford on cosmic perspectives for world history.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details