istory of Science and Technology is one of three unique Honours subjects King's offers in conjunction with Dalhousie University. The others are Contemporary Studies and Early Modern Studies. Students can apply
to these programmes after finishing first year. Each programme builds on the teaching structure and content of King's Foundation Year Programme -- interdisciplinary approach, guest lecturers, team teaching, small classes, tutorials and lots of individual attention -- to explore ideas and concepts from many different viewpoints. This way of understanding helps you to approach problems, information and ideas from a variety of perspectives. You'll find this an invaluable grounding for any workplace and for life in general.
What is the History of Science and Technology about?
One of the most important aspects of modern society is the extent to which science and technology have come to determine its evolution. But is science a more true way of knowing than other forms of knowledge? What is the relationship between science and politics? What is the connection between science and the humanities -- and are they different? How far should the authority of science extend in our modern society?
Our History of Science & Technology programme offers a forum for examining these and other important issues. In addition to providing valuable insight for undergraduates majoring in Arts- and Humanities-based disciplines, the History of Science and Technology helps science students examine the roots and assumptions of their fields of study.
The programme cuts across the traditional disciplines of the sciences and humanities by examining the birth and development of our ideas of science, our place within nature and the methods by which we encounter the natural and social world. Combining philosophical, historical, literary and sociological methods allows us to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the character and development of science and technology in our world.
Core classes cover:
Ancient and Medieval Science and Nature
The Scientific Revolution
The History of Modern Science
Elective classes include subjects such as:
The Darwinian Revolution
Science and the State
Nature and Romanticism
Gender and Science
Histories and Practices of Technology
Detailed histories of several scientific disciplines
The other honours subject must selected from a number of possible Dalhousie departments in arts or sciences, including: