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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 programmes (such as medicine, law, or journalism) are encouraged to take an honours degree which requires a higher quality of work than other undergraduate programmes.

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 programme from Dalhousie’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (for a BA), a programme 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 programme’s core courses:

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 programme to programme.

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Core Courses

Ancient Science: The Beginnings of Wisdom

HSTC2001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald 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 - Archibald 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
C/D
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425
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

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

HSTC1801.03
Winter
Held at Dalhousie
M 1035-1125 AND
W 1035-1125; OR
M 0935-1025 AND
W 0935-1025

Automatons! From Ovid to AI (and cyborgs along the way)

CTMP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03; EMSP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03; HSTC2011.03/3011.03/4011.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
W 1835-2025

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

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

The Body in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2350.03 / HSTC2350.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Science and the Media

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

Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06 / HSTC3030.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1135-1225

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

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

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
T 1835-2125

Studies in Early Modern Natural Philosophy: Leonardo da Vinci

HSTC3611.03 / EMSP3620.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125   
R 1005-1125

Studies in Contemporary Science and Technology Topic: Human Experiments

CTMP3411.03 / HSTC3615.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

History of Neuroscience

HSTC4301.03
Winter
Held at Dalhousie
M 1435-1625
W 1435-1625

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:

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One full credit or two half-credits among the following

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

Ancient and Medieval Science

HSTC2000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Ancient Science: The Beginnings of Wisdom

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

The Scientific Revolution

HSTC3000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

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 Modern Period

HSTC4000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Seminar Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

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
C/D
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425
At least 12 credit hours from HSTC courses (or courses cross-listed as HSTC courses) above the 1000 level.

Automatons! From Ovid to AI (and cyborgs along the way)

CTMP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03; EMSP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03; HSTC2011.03/3011.03/4011.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
W 1835-2025

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

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

The Body in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2350.03 / HSTC2350.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Science and the Media

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

Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06 / HSTC3030.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1135-1225

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

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

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
T 1835-2125

Studies in Early Modern Natural Philosophy: Leonardo da Vinci

HSTC3611.03 / EMSP3620.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125   
R 1005-1125

Studies in Contemporary Science and Technology Topic: Human Experiments

CTMP3411.03 / HSTC3615.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

History of Neuroscience

HSTC4301.03
Winter
Held at Dalhousie
M 1435-1625
W 1435-1625

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

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

HSTC1801.03
Winter
Held at Dalhousie
M 1035-1125 AND
W 1035-1125; OR
M 0935-1025 AND
W 0935-1025

Ancient Science: The Beginnings of Wisdom

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

Automatons! From Ovid to AI (and cyborgs along the way)

CTMP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03; EMSP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03; HSTC2011.03/3011.03/4011.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
W 1835-2025

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

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

The Body in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2350.03 / HSTC2350.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Science and the Media

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

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 1135-1225

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

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

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Brewing Civilization: The History, Culture and Science of Beer

HSTC3415.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
T 1835-2125

Studies in Early Modern Natural Philosophy: Leonardo da Vinci

HSTC3611.03 / EMSP3620.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125   
R 1005-1125

Studies in Contemporary Science and Technology Topic: Human Experiments

CTMP3411.03 / HSTC3615.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

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
C/D
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

History of Neuroscience

HSTC4301.03
Winter
Held at Dalhousie
M 1435-1625
W 1435-1625

"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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