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History of Science and Technology

University of King's College

Rethink our relationships with everything

Science and technology infuse every aspect of modern life. The renowned History of Science and Technology Program encourages you to:

  • gain perspectives on the changing ways in which we have conceptualised and interacted with the natural world and have understood the human body
  • reconsider the relationships between nature, society and technology – explore the social and political implications of scientific discovery and medical practice
  • take courses on cybernetics, bio-politics, science fiction, alchemy, the ideals of environmentalism, human experiments and the birth of modern medicine

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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, BA students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours to a maximum of 48 credit hours in HSTC. BSc students may complete a minimum of 30 credit hours (or a minimum of 24, with the program’s approval) to a maximum of 54 credit hours in HSTC.

Within these credit hours, the program’s four 3 credit hours “core” courses must be included:

  • HSTC 2001.03 or equivalent
  • HSTC 3001.03 or equivalent
  • HSTC 4001.03 or equivalent
  • HSTC 4600.03
  • Note: With special permission from the Program Director, HSTC 3031.03 may be substituted for one of the core courses.

The requirements for the second honours subject are dependent on that department, and vary from program to program. In total, a minimum of 66 credit hours to a maximum of 84 credit hours in the two allied honours subjects must be completed. 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 (HSTC 4650.03) fulfils the requirement of the honours qualifying examination.

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Core Courses
Electives

Introduction to the History of Science I: from the Ancients to the Birth of the Modern

HSTC1201.03 / HSTC 2211.03 / SCIE2001.03 / HIST2075.03
Fall
Alumni Hall; Classroom AA1; Seminar Room; ONLINE
Lecture: MW 1435-1524 OR
Lecture: Online / Asynchronous; AND
Tutorial: W 1535-1625 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: W 1535-1625 (Seminar Room) OR
Tutorial: R 1435-1525 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: F 1435-1525 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: R 1535-1625 (Online / Synchronous)

Introduction to the History of Science II: From The Birth of the Modern to the Present

HSTC1202.03 / HSTC2212.03 / SCIE2002.03 / HIST2076.03
Winter
Alumni Hall; Classroom AA1; Seminar Room; ONLINE
Lecture: MW 1435-1524 OR
Lecture: Online / Asynchronous; AND
Tutorial: W 1535-1625 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: W 1535-1625 (Seminar Room) OR
Tutorial: R 1435-1525 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: F 1435-1525 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: R 1535-1625 (Online / Synchronous)

Beginnings of Wisdom: Science in the Pre-modern World

HSTC2001.03 / CLAS 2001.03
Fall
Seminar 7
MW 1435-1555

Medieval Natural Philosophy: from the Roman Empire to the Age of Dante

HSTC2002.03 / CLASS 2002.03
Winter
Seminar 7
MW 1435-1555

Origins of Modern Medicine

HSTC2102.03
Fall
Archibald Room
M 1735-2025

Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
Archibald Room
TR 1305-1425

The Beginnings of Western Medicine: Birth of the Body

HSTC2202.03 / CLAS2202.03
Winter
Seminar 7
T 1735-2025

The Darwinian Revolution

HSTC2204.03
Fall
Seminar 7
T 1735-2025

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

CTMP2203.03 / HSTC2206.03
Winter
Classroom AA1
R 1735-2025

Environmentalism: origins, ideals and critique

CTMP2206.03 / HSTC2209.03
Winter
Seminar 7
TR 1435-1555

The Origins of Science Fiction in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2340.03 / HSTC2340.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
TR 1305-1425

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

HSTC2210.03
Fall
Seminar 7
W 1735-2025

Science and the Media

HSTC2400.03 / JOUR2400.03
Winter
Online / Synchronous
M 1735-2025 (Online Synchronous Session)

Imagining Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

HSTC2410.03
Summer
Online/Asynchronous

Science Fiction in Film

HSTC2500.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
W 1735-1825 (online synchronous session)

The Scientific Revolution

HSTC3001.03
Fall
Archibald Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

Science in the Enlightenment

HSTC3002.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

Science and Culture I: The Discourses of Modernity

CTMP3001.03 / HSTC3031.03
Fall
Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1035-1125

Science and Culture II: Resetting the Modern

CTMP3002.03 / HSTC3032.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1035-1125

Human Experiments

HSTC3101.03 / CTMP3204.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1305-1425

Plagues, Pandemics and People: A Global History of Epidemics

HSTC 3102.03
Winter
Archibald
TR 1005-1125

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

HSTC3121.03 / EMSP3321.03 / HIST3990.03 / RELS3121.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1605-1725

Ecology and Religion

HSTC3202.03/ RELS3211.03
Fall
Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

Oracles, Omens and Astrology in the Ancient World

HSTC3320.03 / CLAS3320.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
MW 1005-1125

History of the Marine Sciences

HSTC3331.03 / HIST3073.03 / BIOL4664.03 / MARI4664.03 / OCEA4331.03/5331.03 / SCIE4001.03
Spring
Online/Asynchronous
TR 11:05-11:55 (online synchronous session)

Art, Optics, and Technologies of Illusion

EMSP 3350.03 / HSTC 3350.03
Winter
Seminar Room
TR 1005-1125

Science and Nature in the Modern World

HSTC4001.03
Fall
Seminar Room
TR 1005-1125

Disputes: Methodologies in the History of Science and Technology

HSTC4600.03
Fall
Frazee Room
MW 1005-1125
Honours Thesis & Colloquium

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’.

The Minor in HOST requires a minimum of 18 to a maximum of 27 credit hours taken at the 2000 level or above, including at least six credits hours taken from the following options:

  • HSTC 2001.03 or equivalent
  • HSTC 2211.03 & HSTC 2212.03 or HSTC 2200.06/SCIE 2001.03 & SCIE 2002.03 or SCIE 2000.06/HIST 2075.03 & HIST 2076.03 or HIST 2074.06
  • HSTC 3001.03  or equivalent
  • HSTC 4001.03 or equivalent
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at least six credits hours taken from the following options:

Beginnings of Wisdom: Science in the Pre-modern World

HSTC2001.03 / CLAS 2001.03
Fall
Seminar 7
MW 1435-1555

Medieval Natural Philosophy: from the Roman Empire to the Age of Dante

HSTC2002.03 / CLASS 2002.03
Winter
Seminar 7
MW 1435-1555

Introduction to the History of Science I: from the Ancients to the Birth of the Modern

HSTC1201.03 / HSTC 2211.03 / SCIE2001.03 / HIST2075.03
Fall
Alumni Hall; Classroom AA1; Seminar Room; ONLINE
Lecture: MW 1435-1524 OR
Lecture: Online / Asynchronous; AND
Tutorial: W 1535-1625 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: W 1535-1625 (Seminar Room) OR
Tutorial: R 1435-1525 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: F 1435-1525 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: R 1535-1625 (Online / Synchronous)

Introduction to the History of Science II: From The Birth of the Modern to the Present

HSTC1202.03 / HSTC2212.03 / SCIE2002.03 / HIST2076.03
Winter
Alumni Hall; Classroom AA1; Seminar Room; ONLINE
Lecture: MW 1435-1524 OR
Lecture: Online / Asynchronous; AND
Tutorial: W 1535-1625 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: W 1535-1625 (Seminar Room) OR
Tutorial: R 1435-1525 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: F 1435-1525 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: R 1535-1625 (Online / Synchronous)

The Scientific Revolution

HSTC3001.03
Fall
Archibald Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

Science in the Enlightenment

HSTC3002.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325
a minimum of 18 to a maximum of 27 credit hours taken at the 2000 level or above:

Beginnings of Wisdom: Science in the Pre-modern World

HSTC2001.03 / CLAS 2001.03
Fall
Seminar 7
MW 1435-1555

Medieval Natural Philosophy: from the Roman Empire to the Age of Dante

HSTC2002.03 / CLASS 2002.03
Winter
Seminar 7
MW 1435-1555

Origins of Modern Medicine

HSTC2102.03
Fall
Archibald Room
M 1735-2025

Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
Archibald Room
TR 1305-1425

The Beginnings of Western Medicine: Birth of the Body

HSTC2202.03 / CLAS2202.03
Winter
Seminar 7
T 1735-2025

The Darwinian Revolution

HSTC2204.03
Fall
Seminar 7
T 1735-2025

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

CTMP2203.03 / HSTC2206.03
Winter
Classroom AA1
R 1735-2025

Environmentalism: origins, ideals and critique

CTMP2206.03 / HSTC2209.03
Winter
Seminar 7
TR 1435-1555

The Origins of Science Fiction in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2340.03 / HSTC2340.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
TR 1305-1425

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

HSTC2210.03
Fall
Seminar 7
W 1735-2025

Science and the Media

HSTC2400.03 / JOUR2400.03
Winter
Online / Synchronous
M 1735-2025 (Online Synchronous Session)

Imagining Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

HSTC2410.03
Summer
Online/Asynchronous

Science Fiction in Film

HSTC2500.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
W 1735-1825 (online synchronous session)

The Scientific Revolution

HSTC3001.03
Fall
Archibald Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

Science in the Enlightenment

HSTC3002.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

Science and Culture I: The Discourses of Modernity

CTMP3001.03 / HSTC3031.03
Fall
Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1035-1125

Science and Culture II: Resetting the Modern

CTMP3002.03 / HSTC3032.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1035-1125

Human Experiments

HSTC3101.03 / CTMP3204.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1305-1425

Plagues, Pandemics and People: A Global History of Epidemics

HSTC 3102.03
Winter
Archibald
TR 1005-1125

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

HSTC3121.03 / EMSP3321.03 / HIST3990.03 / RELS3121.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1605-1725

Ecology and Religion

HSTC3202.03/ RELS3211.03
Fall
Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

Oracles, Omens and Astrology in the Ancient World

HSTC3320.03 / CLAS3320.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
MW 1005-1125

History of the Marine Sciences

HSTC3331.03 / HIST3073.03 / BIOL4664.03 / MARI4664.03 / OCEA4331.03/5331.03 / SCIE4001.03
Spring
Online/Asynchronous
TR 11:05-11:55 (online synchronous session)

Art, Optics, and Technologies of Illusion

EMSP 3350.03 / HSTC 3350.03
Winter
Seminar Room
TR 1005-1125

Science and Nature in the Modern World

HSTC4001.03
Fall
Seminar Room
TR 1005-1125

Disputes: Methodologies in the History of Science and Technology

HSTC4600.03
Fall
Frazee Room
MW 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 I: from the Ancients to the Birth of the Modern

HSTC1201.03 / HSTC 2211.03 / SCIE2001.03 / HIST2075.03
Fall
Alumni Hall; Classroom AA1; Seminar Room; ONLINE
Lecture: MW 1435-1524 OR
Lecture: Online / Asynchronous; AND
Tutorial: W 1535-1625 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: W 1535-1625 (Seminar Room) OR
Tutorial: R 1435-1525 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: F 1435-1525 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: R 1535-1625 (Online / Synchronous)

Introduction to the History of Science II: From The Birth of the Modern to the Present

HSTC1202.03 / HSTC2212.03 / SCIE2002.03 / HIST2076.03
Winter
Alumni Hall; Classroom AA1; Seminar Room; ONLINE
Lecture: MW 1435-1524 OR
Lecture: Online / Asynchronous; AND
Tutorial: W 1535-1625 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: W 1535-1625 (Seminar Room) OR
Tutorial: R 1435-1525 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: F 1435-1525 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: R 1535-1625 (Online / Synchronous)

Beginnings of Wisdom: Science in the Pre-modern World

HSTC2001.03 / CLAS 2001.03
Fall
Seminar 7
MW 1435-1555

Medieval Natural Philosophy: from the Roman Empire to the Age of Dante

HSTC2002.03 / CLASS 2002.03
Winter
Seminar 7
MW 1435-1555

Origins of Modern Medicine

HSTC2102.03
Fall
Archibald Room
M 1735-2025

Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
Archibald Room
TR 1305-1425

The Beginnings of Western Medicine: Birth of the Body

HSTC2202.03 / CLAS2202.03
Winter
Seminar 7
T 1735-2025

The Darwinian Revolution

HSTC2204.03
Fall
Seminar 7
T 1735-2025

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

CTMP2203.03 / HSTC2206.03
Winter
Classroom AA1
R 1735-2025

Environmentalism: origins, ideals and critique

CTMP2206.03 / HSTC2209.03
Winter
Seminar 7
TR 1435-1555

The Origins of Science Fiction in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2340.03 / HSTC2340.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
TR 1305-1425

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

HSTC2210.03
Fall
Seminar 7
W 1735-2025

Science and the Media

HSTC2400.03 / JOUR2400.03
Winter
Online / Synchronous
M 1735-2025 (Online Synchronous Session)

Imagining Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

HSTC2410.03
Summer
Online/Asynchronous

Science Fiction in Film

HSTC2500.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
W 1735-1825 (online synchronous session)

The Scientific Revolution

HSTC3001.03
Fall
Archibald Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

Science in the Enlightenment

HSTC3002.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

Science and Culture I: The Discourses of Modernity

CTMP3001.03 / HSTC3031.03
Fall
Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1035-1125

Science and Culture II: Resetting the Modern

CTMP3002.03 / HSTC3032.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1035-1125

Human Experiments

HSTC3101.03 / CTMP3204.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1305-1425

Plagues, Pandemics and People: A Global History of Epidemics

HSTC 3102.03
Winter
Archibald
TR 1005-1125

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

HSTC3121.03 / EMSP3321.03 / HIST3990.03 / RELS3121.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1605-1725

Ecology and Religion

HSTC3202.03/ RELS3211.03
Fall
Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

Oracles, Omens and Astrology in the Ancient World

HSTC3320.03 / CLAS3320.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
MW 1005-1125

History of the Marine Sciences

HSTC3331.03 / HIST3073.03 / BIOL4664.03 / MARI4664.03 / OCEA4331.03/5331.03 / SCIE4001.03
Spring
Online/Asynchronous
TR 11:05-11:55 (online synchronous session)

Art, Optics, and Technologies of Illusion

EMSP 3350.03 / HSTC 3350.03
Winter
Seminar Room
TR 1005-1125

Science and Nature in the Modern World

HSTC4001.03
Fall
Seminar Room
TR 1005-1125

Disputes: Methodologies in the History of Science and Technology

HSTC4600.03
Fall
Frazee Room
MW 1005-1125

DALHOUSIE SELECTIVES

Students enrolled in the combined honours or minor program in HSTC can opt to take a maximum of one 3-credit hour ‘selective’ course at Dalhouse University to count towards the HSTC part of their degree. The Registrar’s Office at King’s should be notified if students wish to pursue this option.

Approved selective:

"I want to be able to have conversations with the public and have that responsibility to make myself understood."

Haritha Popuri
Haritha Popuri

Master's in Theatre and Performance Studies, York University, 2014

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Minors

You can choose from more than 75 minors to complement your degree.

Certificates

Build skills in a specialized area of study by adding a certificate to your History of Science and Technology degree. You can take King’s courses as part of a certificate in Medical Humanities. King’s courses also contribute to a certificate in Art History & Visual Culture, and there are many more certificates offered through our partnership with Dalhousie.


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