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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

Imagining Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

HSTC2410.03
Summer
M 0905-1155

History of Marine Science

HSTC3331.03 / HIST3073.03 / OCEA4331.03 / SCIE4001.03 / BIOL4664.03 / MARI4554.03
Spring
Summer
M 935-1155
T 935-1155
W 935-1155
R 935-1155

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
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

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
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Origins of Modern Medicine

HSTC2102.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

The Life, Science and Philosophy of Albert Einstein

HSTC 2105.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

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

HSTC2210.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1735-1825 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Science and the Media

HSTC2400.03 / JOUR2400.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1735-2025 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Science Fiction in Film

HSTC2500.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1735-2055 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Science in the Enlightenment

HSTC3002.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1235-1425 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
W 1235-1325 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

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

HSTC3121.03 / EMSP3321.03 / HIST3990.03 / RELS3121.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
R 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
R 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Oracles, Omens and Astrology in the Ancient World

HSTC3320.03 / CLAS3320.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

The Nature of Time I

HSTC3501.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

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

CTMP4411.03 AND HSTC3615.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1635-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
R 1535-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
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:
a minimum of 18 to a maximum of 27 credit hours taken at the 2000 level or above:

Origins of Modern Medicine

HSTC2102.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

The Life, Science and Philosophy of Albert Einstein

HSTC 2105.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

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

HSTC2210.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1735-1825 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Science and the Media

HSTC2400.03 / JOUR2400.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1735-2025 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Science Fiction in Film

HSTC2500.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1735-2055 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Science in the Enlightenment

HSTC3002.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1235-1425 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
W 1235-1325 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

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

HSTC3121.03 / EMSP3321.03 / HIST3990.03 / RELS3121.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
R 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
R 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Oracles, Omens and Astrology in the Ancient World

HSTC3320.03 / CLAS3320.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

The Nature of Time I

HSTC3501.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

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

CTMP4411.03 AND HSTC3615.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1635-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
R 1535-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Disputes: Methodologies in the History of Science and Technology

HSTC4600.03
Fall

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

Imagining Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

HSTC2410.03
Summer
M 0905-1155

History of Marine Science

HSTC3331.03 / HIST3073.03 / OCEA4331.03 / SCIE4001.03 / BIOL4664.03 / MARI4554.03
Spring
Summer
M 935-1155
T 935-1155
W 935-1155
R 935-1155

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
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

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
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Ancient Science: The Beginnings of Wisdom

HSTC2001.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Origins of Modern Medicine

HSTC2102.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

The Life, Science and Philosophy of Albert Einstein

HSTC 2105.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

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

HSTC2210.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1735-1825 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Science and the Media

HSTC2400.03 / JOUR2400.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1735-2025 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Science Fiction in Film

HSTC2500.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1735-2055 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Scientific Revolution

HSTC3001.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1235-1425 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
W 1235-1325 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Science in the Enlightenment

HSTC3002.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1235-1425 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
W 1235-1325 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

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

HSTC3121.03 / EMSP3321.03 / HIST3990.03 / RELS3121.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
R 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
R 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Oracles, Omens and Astrology in the Ancient World

HSTC3320.03 / CLAS3320.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

The Nature of Time I

HSTC3501.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

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

CTMP4411.03 AND HSTC3615.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1635-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
R 1535-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Science and Nature in the Modern Period

HSTC4001.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Disputes: Methodologies in the History of Science and Technology

HSTC4600.03
Fall

"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, 2005


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