Department of Science and Technology Studies Stop press for applicants from USA Dramatic changes in exchange rates with the British pound (GBP£) make studyng in London roughly 30% less expensive than in 2007. Dollars buy more British pounds.* *-BBC News Market Data GBP£1= USD$2.08 in Nov2007 GBP£1= USD$1.45 in Nov 2008 For more information visit our Website: www.ucl.ac.uk/sts 116 | www.ucl.ac.uk/sag/sts SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES Science and Technology Studies LEVEL 1 COURSES HPSC1006 History of Modern Biology (STS) at UCL offers a unique array of HPSC1001 Availability Spring Term History of Science interdisciplinary subjects concerning Availability Fall Term Credit Value 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) science and technology: from history of Credit Value 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) A survey of major themes in the science to philosophy of science; from This course provides a survey of history of the life sciences between 1750 and 1950 with science policy to sociology of technology; the origins and development of science from the ancient Greeks emphasis on key intellectual developments and historical from science communication to public to 1800. contexts. understanding of science. HPSC1003 HPSC1007 Philosophy of Science Why study Science and Technology Studies at UCL? Research Methods in Science Availability Fall Term and Technology Studies Studying with us you will have access to excellent academic resources Credit Value 4 (US) Availability Fall Term, to support your learning. Besides substantial resources on open access, the 7.5 (ECTS) Spring Term UCL Library houses the Graves Collection of 14,000 books, pamphlets and periodicals in mathematics and physical sciences from the This is an introductory course in Credit Value 4 (US) sixteenth century onwards. London also offers access to the British the philosophy of science with a 7.5 (ECTS) Library, the Science Museum, the Royal Society, and the Royal Institution. focus on several central problems Our team-taught introductory regarding the nature of scientific course designed to ensure What you will gain from study at UCL knowledge. students have the requisite You will be learning in a department which has an international research, writing and discursive reputation in its field. The truly interdisciplinary nature of our research skills to succeed in our other HPSC1004 expertise may be all the more relevant to students coming from diverse courses. academic backgrounds, indeed, we welcome students from both Introduction to Science Policy humanities and sciences backgrounds. Studies Availability Fall Term Teaching and Assessment Credit Value 4 (US) Each course consists of an average of 20 lectures and tutorials per 7.5 (ECTS) term. Assessment is normally by a three-hour written examination (in An introduction to social and May) plus coursework assignments. Fall-term only students will be political thinking about the role of offered alternative assessment. science and technology in society and the relationship between science and the state. Extended descriptions of the courses available can be found by visiting the web address at the top of this page Contact Name Related courses can be Dr Michela Massimi found in these departments: EMAIL email@example.com Philosophy, page 48 TEL +44 (0)20 7679 1321 History, page 146 Availability Year Fall term Tuition Fees £12,280 www.ucl.ac.uk/sag/sts | 117 HPSC1008 HPSC2003 Introduction to Science Topics in Philosophy of Communication Science Availability Spring Term Availability Fall Term Credit Value 4 (US) Credit Value 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 7.5 (ECTS) This course introduces the public A continuation of HPSC1003, dimension of science and exploring realism and antirealism technology, exploring the about scientific theories; scientific relationship between professional explanation; and laws of nature. science and the news media, science fiction, activism, advertising and museums. HPSC2005 Philosophy of Biological Sciences HPSC1009 Availability Spring Term History of Modern Physical Credit Value 4 (US) Sciences 7.5 (ECTS) Availability Spring Term An introduction to some Credit Value 4 (US) fundamental problems for 7.5 (ECTS) philosophers of the life sciences. The aim of this course is to offer Attention focuses on issues in a broad survey of the main evolution, selection, reduction, achievements in the physical and individuality. sciences of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. HPSC2006 Ethics in Science Availability Spring Term LEVEL 2 COURSES Credit Value 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) HPSC2001 Policy Issues in the Life A practical, issues-based course Sciences providing exploration of ethical Availability Fall Term challenges arising in recent HPSC2009 HPSC2011 scientific activity. Emphasis also Credit Value 4 (US) Observation and Discovery in Science, Communication, and will be on current events and Medicine the Citizen 7.5 (ECTS) fundamental principles. Availability Spring Term Availability Fall Term Provides a critical overview of policy issues arising from Credit Value 4 (US) Credit Value 4 (US) HPSC2007 7.5 (ECTS) 7.5 (ECTS) developments in the biological sciences, including, for example, History and Philosophy of Aims to explain some of the Looks at citizens’ understanding medical research policy, Chemistry basic ideas of philosophy of of, and critical engagement with, biological weapons research and Availability Spring Term science and how they relate to science, tracing the development animal experimentation. Credit Value 4 (US) medicine. of the idea of ‘public 7.5 (ECTS) understanding of science’. HPSC2002 Examines some of the highlights Science in the Mass Media in the history of chemistry, 1750 Availability Spring Term to early twentieth century, with an emphasis on philosophical Credit Value 4 (US) analyses of historical 7.5 (ECTS) developments. Prerequisites An introduction to media studies apply, see web. for those interested in relations between science and the media. continues 118 | www.ucl.ac.uk/sag/sts HPSC2012 HPSC3004 HPSC3010 HPSC3015 Science, Religion and Dissertation Popularisation of the Physical History of Astronomy and Revolution Availability Year Sciences Cosmology Availability Spring Term Credit Value 4 (US) Availability Contact Tutor Availability Spring Term Credit Value 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) for details Credit Value 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) Credit Value 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) Students undertake a research 7.5 (ECTS) Examines the relations between project of their own design in the Charts mankind’s changing science, religion and progress, field of science and technology Examines the popularisation of conception of the universe from considering the ancient world, studies, working under academic topics in the physical sciences, the ancient world to the Islam, China, and the role of supervision, and resulting in a making historical, trans-media, current day. Christianity in the scientific dissertation. and trans-audience comparisons. revolution of the seventeenth century. HPSC3018 HPSC3005 HPSC3012 Outsiders in Science History of the Philosophy of Life Sciences in the Twentieth Availability Fall Term HPSC2013 Science Century Credit Value 4 (US) Evolution in Science and Culture Availability Contact Tutor Availability Fall Term 7.5 (ECTS) Availability Fall Term for details Credit Value 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) Examines the dynamic social Credit Value 4 (US) Credit Value 4 (US) processes by which the flexible 7.5 (ECTS) 7.5 (ECTS) A survey of key developments in boundaries of science are set, A historical survey of evolutionary Examines the evolution of twentieth-century life sciences and the consequences of this for thinking from the Enlightenment philosophical views on science such as origin of genetics, scientists with unorthodox ideas to the present, including the from the seventeenth century to discipline formation in or methods. history of scientific ideas and the the early twentieth century, with a biochemistry and ecology, influence of evolutionary ideas focus on scientific methodology. discovery of chromosome on society. structure. HPSC3020 Philosophy of Physics HPSC3006 Availability Fall Term Sociology of Science HPSC3013 Credit Value 4 (US) The ‘New Genetics’ and Society LEVEL 3 COURSES Availability Spring Term 7.5 (ECTS) Credit Value 4 (US) Availability Spring Term HPSC3002 This advanced course aims to 7.5 (ECTS) Credit Value 4 (US) Science, Warfare, and Peace 7.5 (ECTS) explore the relationship between Examines the complex philosophy and physics, with a Availability Spring Term relationship between science and Examines issues arising from the focus on selected issues in the Credit Value 4 (US) society and takes a sociological application of new human genetic history and philosophy of 7.5 (ECTS) information and new technology. look at the process by which modern physics. The aim of this course is to knowledge is constructed through Prerequistes: HPSC2001 or undertake a detailed examination historical and contemporary equivalent biological knowledge. studies. HPSC3025 of the sociological contribution to the analysis of science. Revolutions in Medicine HPSC3014 Availability Spring Term HPSC3007 Magic to Science Credit Value 4 (US) HPSC3003 Topics in the History of the Availability Spring Term 7.5 (ECTS) Communication of Scientific Physical Sciences Credit Value 4 (US) Ideas Availability Spring Term 7.5 (ECTS) This course considers whether Availability Fall Term Kuhn’s views on scientific Credit Value 4 (US) Explores the changing revolutions, which were Credit Value 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) relationship between astrology, developed mainly for astronomy, 7.5 (ECTS) The purpose of this course is to alchemy, magic and science from physics and chemistry, A practical course in provide training in reading the ancient Greeks to the apply to medicine. communicating science, based primary sources and in the present day. around three key tasks. Issues in understanding of past conceptual the public understanding of structures. science are discussed from this practical standpoint of communication.