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Academic year
TEK130 - History of science
 
Owner: TIEKA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: A
Department: 45 - TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS


Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0106 Project 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c    

In programs

TIEKA INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT, Year 4 (elective)
MTS Humans, Technology, Society, Year 1 
TMASA MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, Year 4 (elective)

Examiner:

Bitr professor  Erik Bohlin
Professor  Bengt Berglund


MTS course


Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Aim

The course aims to investigate the emergence and growth of modern science. The course will provide a basic knowledge of certain central phases in the history of science, such as Boyle, Pasteur and Einstein, and suggest critical analysis as to why such phases are considered central.

Goal

The student will gain a foundational understanding of the history of science, and a certain skill in analysing accounts of science knowledge development. The goal is to on the one hand to understand how modern science has grown in certain regions, places and cultures - mostly European - and become a global phenomenon with universal status, and on the other hand explore how universal claims are constructed from local contexts.

Content

The goal is achieved through the introduction of case studies of science history and concepts such as paradigm and networks which treat the interplay between social and natural order, and between the local practices developed by scientists and the global use. The course will use a recently published book on science history Putting Science in its Place and a number of studies which address specific cases of scientific knowledge production.

Organisation

Lectures, seminars and tutur led project assignments. The literature and lectures provide a basic resource for the students for the project work. The project work will investigate the background and context of certain scientific achievements that have obtained Nobel prizes.

Literature

See course home page for current information.

Examination

Active participation of seminars and completed project work. Grade: Fail, 3, 4, 5.


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