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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

Students who intend to apply to graduate school or professional programs (such as medicine, law, or journalism) are encouraged to take an honours degree which requires a higher quality of work than other undergraduate programs.

In HOST you must pursue a Combined Honours degree (that is a degree integrating courses from two disciplines) by combining your HOST degree with a program from Dalhousie’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (for a BA), a program from Dalhousie’s Faculty of Science (for a BSc), or a degree in Journalism (for a BJH).

To complete a combined honours in the History of Science and Technology, you must take the program’s core courses:

  • HSTC2001.03 and HSTC2002.03 or their equivalent HSTC2000.06
  • HSTC3001.03 and HSTC3002.03 or their equivalent HSTC3000.06
  • HSTC4001.03 and HSTC4002.03 or their equivalent HSTC4000.06

as well two to six half-credit HOST electives depending on their primary discipline.

The requirements for the second honours subject are dependent on that department, and vary from program to program. Students may fulfil the honours requirement in either of the two honours subjects. Usually this subject will be the one in which the student has taken more classes. In the HOST program, completion of the honours thesis fulfils the requirement of the honours qualifying examination.

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Core Courses

Ancient Science: The Beginnings of Wisdom

HSTC2001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Science in the Middle Ages: Natural Reason in the Light of the Logos

HSTC2002.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

The Scientific Revolution

HSTC3001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

Science in the Enlightenment

HSTC3002.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1425

Science and Nature in the 19th Century

HSTC4001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

Science and Nature in the 20th and 21st Century

HSTC4002.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
Electives

Introduction to the History of Science

HSTC1200.06 / HSTC2200.06 / SCIE2000.06 / HIST2074.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
M 1435-1525
W 1435-1525
TUTORIAL: W 1535-1625 OR
TUTORIAL: F 1435-1525

Technology and Engineering: from the Industrial Age to the Cybernetic Age

HSTC1801.03
Winter
Held at Dalhousie
M 0935-1025
W 0935-1025

Origins of Modern Medicine

HSTC2102.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

The Beginnings of Western Medicine: Birth of the Body

HSTC2202.03 / CLAS2202.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1735-2025

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

CTMP2203.03 / HSTC2206.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

Women and Gender in Early Modern Science

EMSP2310.03 /GWST2310.03 / HSTC2310.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

The Origins of Science Fiction in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2340.03 / HSTC2340.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
W 1005-1125
F 1005-1125

Science Fiction in Film

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

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Science and the Media

HSTC2400.03 / JOUR2400.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1735-2025

Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06 / HSTC3030.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1035-1125

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
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Shatford Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Leonardo Da Vinci: Between Art and Science

EMSP3270.03 / HSTC3270.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Oracles, Omens and Astrology in the Ancient World

HSTC3320.03 / CLAS3320.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
T 1735-2025

Experiments in the Mind: Thought Experiments in Physics

HSTC3430.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425
Honours Thesis & Colloquium

History of Science and Technology Honours Thesis

HSTC4550X/Y
Fall
Winter
Arts & Administration - Senior Common Room

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’.

To obtain your minor, you must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours to a maximum of 27 credit hours including:

  • Any one (1) of the following options:
    • HSTC2000.06
    • HSTC3000.06
    • HSTC4000.06
    • HSTC1200.06 (or cross-listed as HSTC2200, SCIE2000, HIST2074)
    • Two (2) of the following courses:
      • HSTC2001.03
      • HSTC2002.03
      • HSTC3001.03
      • HSTC3002.03
      • HSTC4001.03
      • HSTC4002.03
  • At least 12 credit hours from HSTC courses (or courses cross-listed as HSTC courses) above the 1000 level.
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One full credit or two half-credits among the following

Ancient Science: The Beginnings of Wisdom

HSTC2001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Science in the Middle Ages: Natural Reason in the Light of the Logos

HSTC2002.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

The Scientific Revolution

HSTC3001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

Science in the Enlightenment

HSTC3002.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1425

Science and Nature in the 19th Century

HSTC4001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

Science and Nature in the 20th and 21st Century

HSTC4002.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
At least 12 credit hours from HSTC courses (or courses cross-listed as HSTC courses) above the 1000 level.

Introduction to the History of Science

HSTC1200.06 / HSTC2200.06 / SCIE2000.06 / HIST2074.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
M 1435-1525
W 1435-1525
TUTORIAL: W 1535-1625 OR
TUTORIAL: F 1435-1525

Technology and Engineering: from the Industrial Age to the Cybernetic Age

HSTC1801.03
Winter
Held at Dalhousie
M 0935-1025
W 0935-1025

Origins of Modern Medicine

HSTC2102.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

Ancient Science: The Beginnings of Wisdom

HSTC2001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Science in the Middle Ages: Natural Reason in the Light of the Logos

HSTC2002.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

The Beginnings of Western Medicine: Birth of the Body

HSTC2202.03 / CLAS2202.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1735-2025

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

CTMP2203.03 / HSTC2206.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

Women and Gender in Early Modern Science

EMSP2310.03 /GWST2310.03 / HSTC2310.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

The Origins of Science Fiction in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2340.03 / HSTC2340.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
W 1005-1125
F 1005-1125

Science Fiction in Film

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

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Science and the Media

HSTC2400.03 / JOUR2400.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1735-2025

The Scientific Revolution

HSTC3001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

Science in the Enlightenment

HSTC3002.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1425

Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06 / HSTC3030.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1035-1125

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
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Shatford Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Leonardo Da Vinci: Between Art and Science

EMSP3270.03 / HSTC3270.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Oracles, Omens and Astrology in the Ancient World

HSTC3320.03 / CLAS3320.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
T 1735-2025

Experiments in the Mind: Thought Experiments in Physics

HSTC3430.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Science and Nature in the 19th Century

HSTC4001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

Science and Nature in the 20th and 21st Century

HSTC4002.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

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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All HOST Courses

Introduction to the History of Science

HSTC1200.06 / HSTC2200.06 / SCIE2000.06 / HIST2074.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
M 1435-1525
W 1435-1525
TUTORIAL: W 1535-1625 OR
TUTORIAL: F 1435-1525

Technology and Engineering: from the Industrial Age to the Cybernetic Age

HSTC1801.03
Winter
Held at Dalhousie
M 0935-1025
W 0935-1025

Origins of Modern Medicine

HSTC2102.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

Ancient Science: The Beginnings of Wisdom

HSTC2001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Science in the Middle Ages: Natural Reason in the Light of the Logos

HSTC2002.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

The Beginnings of Western Medicine: Birth of the Body

HSTC2202.03 / CLAS2202.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1735-2025

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

CTMP2203.03 / HSTC2206.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

Women and Gender in Early Modern Science

EMSP2310.03 /GWST2310.03 / HSTC2310.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

The Origins of Science Fiction in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2340.03 / HSTC2340.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
W 1005-1125
F 1005-1125

Science Fiction in Film

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

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Science and the Media

HSTC2400.03 / JOUR2400.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1735-2025

The Scientific Revolution

HSTC3001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

Science in the Enlightenment

HSTC3002.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1425

Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06 / HSTC3030.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1035-1125

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
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Shatford Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Leonardo Da Vinci: Between Art and Science

EMSP3270.03 / HSTC3270.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Oracles, Omens and Astrology in the Ancient World

HSTC3320.03 / CLAS3320.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
T 1735-2025

Experiments in the Mind: Thought Experiments in Physics

HSTC3430.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Science and Nature in the 19th Century

HSTC4001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

Science and Nature in the 20th and 21st Century

HSTC4002.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

"Science is a human activity, done by human beings, who are very complicated and who inhabit networks of power, technology, and politics that make their way into the content of their scientific work."

Stephanie Dick
Stephanie Dick

Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, History of Science and Technology, 2007


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