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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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News & Events Courses HOST+

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 (Lectures); Classroom AA1 / Seminar Room (Tutorials)
MW 1435-1525 (Lecture)
W 1535-1625 (Tutorial 1, Classroom AA1)
W 1535-1625 (Tutorial 2, Seminar Room)
R 1435-1525 (Tutorial 3, Seminar Room)
R 1435-1525 (Tutorial 4, Classroom AA1)
F 1435-1525 (Tutorial 5, Classroom AA1)

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 (Lectures); Classroom AA1 / Seminar Room (Tutorials)
MW 1435-1525 (Lecture)
W 1535-1625 (Tutorial 1, Classroom AA1)
W 1535-1625 (Tutorial 2, Seminar Room)
R 1435-1525 (Tutorial 3, Seminar Room)
R 1435-1525 (Tutorial 4, Classroom AA1)
F 1435-1525 (Tutorial 5, Classroom AA1)

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

HSTC2002.03 / CLASS 2002.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1435-1555

The Lecture Series: Representation of Colonialization and De-Colonialization

CTMP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03 / EMSP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03 / HSTC2011.03/3011.03/4011.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
T 1605-1755
T 1905-2055 (biweekly)

Origins of Modern Medicine

HSTC2102.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
R 1735-2025

Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
MW 1135-1255

The Darwinian Revolution

HSTC2204.03
Fall
Classroom AA1
T 1735-2025

The Beginnings of Western Medicine: Birth of the Body

HSTC2202.03 / CLAS2202.03
Winter
Seminar 7
MW 1435-1555

Bio-Politics: Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

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

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

HSTC2210.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
W 1735-2025

Ideas of the Sea and Seafaring: Intercultural Perspectives

EMSP2490.03 / CTMP2207.03 / HSTC2220.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
MW 1605-1725

Science and the Media

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

Imagining Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

HSTC2410.03
Summer
Online / Asynchronous

Science Fiction in Film

HSTC2500.03
Fall
Alumni Hall
M 1735-2055

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
Classroom AA1
MW 1005-1125

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

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

HSTC3121.03 / EMSP3321.03 / HIST3990.03 / RELS3121.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1305-1425

Human Experiments

HSTC3101.03 / CTMP3204.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
MW 1435-1555

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
Seminar 7
TR 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
Seminar 7
TR 1605-1725

Ecology and Religion

HSTC3202.03/ RELS3211.03
Fall
Seminar 7
T 1835-2125

History of Biology

HSTC3302.03 / BIOL3602.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
MW 1435-1555

Oracles, Omens and Astrology in the Ancient World

HSTC3320.03 / CLAS3320.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
MW 1135-1255

Art, Optics, and Technologies of Illusion

EMSP 3350.03 / HSTC 3350.03
Winter
Classroom AA1
TR 1005-1125

Feminism and Science

CTMP3215.03 / HSTC3411.03 / GWST3215.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1005-1125

Hypatia’s Daughters: Women in Science

HSTC3412.03 / GWST3412.03
Fall
Seminar 7
MW 1005-1125

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Summer
Online / Asynchronous

The Nature of Time in the Modern World

HSTC3502.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
TR 1605-1725

Studies in Contemporary Science and Technology: New Materialisms: Life, Politics, and Science

CTMP3411.03 AND HSTC3615.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
T 1305-1355
R 1305-1455

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Fall
Frazee Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525
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. This must include (updated January 2022):

  1. any one of the following three core courses
    • HSTC 2001.03: Beginnings of Wisdom: Science in the Pre-modern World (or equivalent)
    • HSTC 3001.03: The Scientific Revolution (or equivalent)
    • HSTC 4001.03: Science and Nature in the Modern Period (or equivalent
  2. six credit hours at the 3000 or 4000 level.
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one of the following courses
six credit hours at the 3000 or 4000 level

The Scientific Revolution

HSTC3001.03
Fall
Scotiabank 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

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

HSTC3121.03 / EMSP3321.03 / HIST3990.03 / RELS3121.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1305-1425

Ecology and Religion

HSTC3202.03/ RELS3211.03
Fall
Seminar 7
T 1835-2125

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
Seminar 7
TR 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
Seminar 7
TR 1605-1725

History of Biology

HSTC3302.03 / BIOL3602.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
MW 1435-1555

Oracles, Omens and Astrology in the Ancient World

HSTC3320.03 / CLAS3320.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
MW 1135-1255

Art, Optics, and Technologies of Illusion

EMSP 3350.03 / HSTC 3350.03
Winter
Classroom AA1
TR 1005-1125

Feminism and Science

CTMP3215.03 / HSTC3411.03 / GWST3215.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1005-1125

Hypatia’s Daughters: Women in Science

HSTC3412.03 / GWST3412.03
Fall
Seminar 7
MW 1005-1125

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Summer
Online / Asynchronous

The Nature of Time in the Modern World

HSTC3502.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
TR 1605-1725

Science and Nature in the Modern Period

HSTC4001.03
Fall
Seminar Room
TR 1005-1125

Studies in Contemporary Science and Technology: New Materialisms: Life, Politics, and Science

CTMP3411.03 AND HSTC3615.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
T 1305-1355
R 1305-1455

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Fall
Frazee Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525

Disputes: Methodologies in the History of Science and Technology

HSTC4600.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
F 0935-1225

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 (Lectures); Classroom AA1 / Seminar Room (Tutorials)
MW 1435-1525 (Lecture)
W 1535-1625 (Tutorial 1, Classroom AA1)
W 1535-1625 (Tutorial 2, Seminar Room)
R 1435-1525 (Tutorial 3, Seminar Room)
R 1435-1525 (Tutorial 4, Classroom AA1)
F 1435-1525 (Tutorial 5, Classroom AA1)

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 (Lectures); Classroom AA1 / Seminar Room (Tutorials)
MW 1435-1525 (Lecture)
W 1535-1625 (Tutorial 1, Classroom AA1)
W 1535-1625 (Tutorial 2, Seminar Room)
R 1435-1525 (Tutorial 3, Seminar Room)
R 1435-1525 (Tutorial 4, Classroom AA1)
F 1435-1525 (Tutorial 5, Classroom AA1)

Beginnings of Wisdom: Science in the Pre-modern World

HSTC2001.03 / CLASS2001.03
Fall
Archibald Room
TR 1435-1555

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

HSTC2002.03 / CLASS 2002.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1435-1555

The Lecture Series: Representation of Colonialization and De-Colonialization

CTMP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03 / EMSP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03 / HSTC2011.03/3011.03/4011.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
T 1605-1755
T 1905-2055 (biweekly)

Origins of Modern Medicine

HSTC2102.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
R 1735-2025

Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
MW 1135-1255

The Darwinian Revolution

HSTC2204.03
Fall
Classroom AA1
T 1735-2025

The Beginnings of Western Medicine: Birth of the Body

HSTC2202.03 / CLAS2202.03
Winter
Seminar 7
MW 1435-1555

Bio-Politics: Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

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

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

HSTC2210.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
W 1735-2025

Ideas of the Sea and Seafaring: Intercultural Perspectives

EMSP2490.03 / CTMP2207.03 / HSTC2220.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
MW 1605-1725

Science and the Media

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

Imagining Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

HSTC2410.03
Summer
Online / Asynchronous

Science Fiction in Film

HSTC2500.03
Fall
Alumni Hall
M 1735-2055

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
Classroom AA1
MW 1005-1125

The Scientific Revolution

HSTC3001.03
Fall
Scotiabank 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

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

HSTC3121.03 / EMSP3321.03 / HIST3990.03 / RELS3121.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1305-1425

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
Seminar 7
TR 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
Seminar 7
TR 1605-1725

Ecology and Religion

HSTC3202.03/ RELS3211.03
Fall
Seminar 7
T 1835-2125

History of Biology

HSTC3302.03 / BIOL3602.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
MW 1435-1555

Oracles, Omens and Astrology in the Ancient World

HSTC3320.03 / CLAS3320.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
MW 1135-1255

Art, Optics, and Technologies of Illusion

EMSP 3350.03 / HSTC 3350.03
Winter
Classroom AA1
TR 1005-1125

Feminism and Science

CTMP3215.03 / HSTC3411.03 / GWST3215.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1005-1125

Hypatia’s Daughters: Women in Science

HSTC3412.03 / GWST3412.03
Fall
Seminar 7
MW 1005-1125

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Summer
Online / Asynchronous

The Nature of Time in the Modern World

HSTC3502.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
TR 1605-1725

Science and Nature in the Modern Period

HSTC4001.03
Fall
Seminar Room
TR 1005-1125

Studies in Contemporary Science and Technology: New Materialisms: Life, Politics, and Science

CTMP3411.03 AND HSTC3615.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
T 1305-1355
R 1305-1455

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Fall
Frazee Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525

Disputes: Methodologies in the History of Science and Technology

HSTC4600.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
F 0935-1225

DALHOUSIE SELECTIVES

Students enrolled in the Combined Honours or Minor program in HOST can opt to take a maximum of one 3-credit hour “selective” course at Dalhousie University to count toward the HOST part of their degree. The Registrar’s Office at King’s should be notified if students wish to pursue this option.

There will be no selectives offered in the 2022/23 academic year.

"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

More Opportunities

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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