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History of Science and Technology

University of King's College

Science and technology infuse every aspect of modern life, shaping the conditions of our work and play, our self-understanding, our relation to the environment and our understanding of what counts as trustworthy knowledge. Rooted in science and the humanities, HOST offers a truly interdisciplinary approach to the study of the fascinating and ever-changing interactions between society and scientific knowledge and practice.

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Combined Honours

In HOST, you can pursue a combined honours degree, meaning it must be combined, or paired, with one of the programmes offered by King’s and Dalhousie’s shared faculties of Science or Arts & Social Sciences.

To complete a combined honours in the History of Science and Technology, a student is required to take the programme’s three core courses:

as well as six half-credit HOST electives.

The requirements for the second honours subject are dependent on that department, and vary from programme to programme.

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Core Courses

Ancient and Medieval Science

HSTC2000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555
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The Scientific Revolution

HSTC3000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325
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Science and Nature in the Modern Period

HSTC4000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Seminar Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
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Electives

Knowing and Making the World: the History of Science from the Ancients to the Moderns

HSTC1200.06X/Y / HSTC2200.06 / SCIE2000.06 / HIST2074.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
M 1435-1525
W 1435-1525
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Technology and Engineering: from the Industrial Age to the Cybernetic Age

HSTC1801.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
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Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
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The Beginnings of Western Medicine: Birth of the Body

HSTC2202.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
M 1435-1625
W 1435-1525
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Totalitarianism and Science

HSTC2205.03 / CTMP2205.03 / HIST2985.03
Winter
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425
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Engineering the Planet: the Anthropocene Era, from Prehistory to Today's Global Crisis

HSTC2210.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
M 1135-1225
W 1135-1225
F 1135-1225
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Science and the Media

HSTC2400.03 / JOUR2400.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1735-2025
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Science Fiction in Film

HSTC2500.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
M 1735-2055
View Course

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
W 1435-1625
F 1435-1525
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In Search of the Philosopher's Stone: The History of European Alchemy

HSTC3121.03 / EMSP3321.03 / HIST3990.03 / RELS3121.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
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Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
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Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
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Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
R 1735-2025
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Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
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Minor

You can take a minor in HOST to complement your degree. Studying science through this humanities-based approach demonstrates your ability to think about science ‘outside the box’.

Complete a minimum of 18 credit hours to a maximum of 27 credit hours including:

  • Any one of the following courses:
  • Any other two (2) full credits (or 4 half-credits) selected from HSTC courses (or cross-listed with HSTC courses) numbered 2000 or above.
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One of the Following

Knowing and Making the World: the History of Science from the Ancients to the Moderns

HSTC1200.06X/Y / HSTC2200.06 / SCIE2000.06 / HIST2074.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
M 1435-1525
W 1435-1525
View Course

Ancient and Medieval Science

HSTC2000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555
View Course

The Scientific Revolution

HSTC3000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325
View Course

Science and Nature in the Modern Period

HSTC4000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Seminar Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
View Course
ANY OTHER TWO FULL CREDITS (OR 4 HALF-CREDITS) SELECTED FROM HSTC COURSES NUMBERED 2000 OR ABOVE.

Knowing and Making the World: the History of Science from the Ancients to the Moderns

HSTC1200.06X/Y / HSTC2200.06 / SCIE2000.06 / HIST2074.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
M 1435-1525
W 1435-1525
View Course

Ancient and Medieval Science

HSTC2000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555
View Course

Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
View Course

The Beginnings of Western Medicine: Birth of the Body

HSTC2202.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
M 1435-1625
W 1435-1525
View Course

Totalitarianism and Science

HSTC2205.03 / CTMP2205.03 / HIST2985.03
Winter
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425
View Course

Engineering the Planet: the Anthropocene Era, from Prehistory to Today's Global Crisis

HSTC2210.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
M 1135-1225
W 1135-1225
F 1135-1225
View Course

Science and the Media

HSTC2400.03 / JOUR2400.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1735-2025
View Course

Science Fiction in Film

HSTC2500.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
M 1735-2055
View Course

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
W 1435-1625
F 1435-1525
View Course

The Scientific Revolution

HSTC3000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325
View Course

In Search of the Philosopher's Stone: The History of European Alchemy

HSTC3121.03 / EMSP3321.03 / HIST3990.03 / RELS3121.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
View Course

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
View Course

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
View Course

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
R 1735-2025
View Course

Science and Nature in the Modern Period

HSTC4000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Seminar Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
View Course

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
View Course

Electives

Discover the history of engineering. Learn about science fiction in film, science and the media, or science and religion. These are just some of the topics of elective courses open to students pursuing a King’s Honours degree or any program in King’s and Dalhousie shared Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Faculty of Science.

Using the combined resources of philosophical, historical and sociological methods, HOST traces the roots and trajectories of primary conceptions of nature and our place within it.

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"You see one perspective, one reality, and you say ‘Yes’. Then you go to another one and you say ‘Yes, and…Yes, and..’ Documentary is wonderful because you can follow this story unfolding in front of you."

Ariel Nasr
Ariel Nasr

Filmmaker, History of Science and Technology, 2005

 

 

 


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