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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, 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 Director, HSTC 3030.06 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 fulfils the requirement of the honours qualifying examination.

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Core Courses

Beginnings of Wisdom: Science in the Pre-modern World

HSTC2001.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
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 and Nature in the Modern Period

HSTC4001.03
Fall
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
One hour tutorial

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

HSTC2002.03 / CLASS 2002.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

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 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

The Beginnings of Western Medicine: Birth of the Body

HSTC2202.03 / CLAS2202.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

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

Environmentalism: origins, ideals and critique

CTMP2206.03 / HSTC2209.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Science and the Media

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

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

Human Experiments

HSTC3101.03 / CTMP3204.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Shatford Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

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
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Ecology and Religion

HSTC3202.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

The Biosphere:  Global perspectives in science and philosophy

HSTC3212.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1735-2025

Oracles, Omens and Astrology in the Ancient World

HSTC3320.03 / CLAS3320.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Feminism and Science

CTMP3215.03 / HSTC3411.03 / GWST3125.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
W 1735-2025

The Nature of Time II

HSTC3502.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Studies in Science and Nature in the Modern Period: (R)evolutionary biology: Current controversies in biology

HSTC3615.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

Leonardo Da Vinci: Between Art and Science

EMSP3270.03 / HSTC3270.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

Disputes: Methodologies in the History of Science and Technology

HSTC4600.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Seminar Room
MW 1005-1125
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’.

The Minor is HOST requires a minimum of 18 to a maximum of 24 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 2200.06/SCIE 2000.06/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
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

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

The Scientific Revolution

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

Science and Nature in the Modern Period

HSTC4001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
a minimum of 18 to a maximum of 24 credit hours taken at the 2000 level or above:

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

HSTC2002.03 / CLASS 2002.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

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 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

The Beginnings of Western Medicine: Birth of the Body

HSTC2202.03 / CLAS2202.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

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

Environmentalism: origins, ideals and critique

CTMP2206.03 / HSTC2209.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Science and the Media

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

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

Human Experiments

HSTC3101.03 / CTMP3204.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Shatford Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

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
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Ecology and Religion

HSTC3202.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

The Biosphere:  Global perspectives in science and philosophy

HSTC3212.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1735-2025

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
W 1735-2025

Feminism and Science

CTMP3215.03 / HSTC3411.03 / GWST3125.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

The Nature of Time II

HSTC3502.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Studies in Science and Nature in the Modern Period: (R)evolutionary biology: Current controversies in biology

HSTC3615.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

Leonardo Da Vinci: Between Art and Science

EMSP3270.03 / HSTC3270.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

Disputes: Methodologies in the History of Science and Technology

HSTC4600.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Seminar 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

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
One hour tutorial

Beginnings of Wisdom: Science in the Pre-modern World

HSTC2001.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

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

HSTC2002.03 / CLASS 2002.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

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 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

The Beginnings of Western Medicine: Birth of the Body

HSTC2202.03 / CLAS2202.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

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

Environmentalism: origins, ideals and critique

CTMP2206.03 / HSTC2209.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Science and the Media

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

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

The Scientific Revolution

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

Human Experiments

HSTC3101.03 / CTMP3204.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Shatford Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

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
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Ecology and Religion

HSTC3202.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

The Biosphere:  Global perspectives in science and philosophy

HSTC3212.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1735-2025

Oracles, Omens and Astrology in the Ancient World

HSTC3320.03 / CLAS3320.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Feminism and Science

CTMP3215.03 / HSTC3411.03 / GWST3125.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
W 1735-2025

The Nature of Time II

HSTC3502.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Studies in Science and Nature in the Modern Period: (R)evolutionary biology: Current controversies in biology

HSTC3615.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

Leonardo Da Vinci: Between Art and Science

EMSP3270.03 / HSTC3270.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

Science and Nature in the Modern Period

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

Disputes: Methodologies in the History of Science and Technology

HSTC4600.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Seminar Room
MW 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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