2018 Winter School Subject List

Birth of Modern Science (HPSC2100) - Opens 03 Oct 2017

Faculty: Science
Department: History and Philosophy of Science
Level: Undergraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1) Ms Laura Sumrall  - laura.sumrall@sydney.edu.au

(1)  Debbie Castle - debbie.castle@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 08 Jan 2018 
End Date: 14 Feb 2018 
Capacity: 75 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 03 Oct 2017 
Applications Close: 08 Dec 2017 
Census date: 02 Feb 2018 
On-time withdrawals close: 02 Feb 2018 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


    There are no listed prerequisites for this course.


Science: Where did it come from?

Where is it going?

What did it leave behind?

Modern culture is a culture of science. Modern Western science is the outcome of a historical process of 2,500 years. In this course we investigate how Western knowledge-theoretical, technological and medical-acquired the characteristics of modern science: its specific social structure, contents, values and methods.

We will look at some primary chapters of this process, from antiquity to the end of the seventeenth century, and try to understand their implications to understanding contemporary science in its culture.

Special emphasis will be given to the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century, which is often described as the most important period in the history of science and as one of the most vital stages in human intellectual history.

In This Unit of Study We Will Discuss: * Ancient Astronomy * Magic and Medicine * Light and Force * Science and Religion * The Scientific Revolution


Essays & Tutorial Participation


Start Date: 08 Jan 2018     End Date: 14 Feb 2018


Mon 14:00 - 16:00

Tues 14:00 - 16:00

Wed 14:00 - 16:00


Mon 16:00 - 17:00


Tue 16:00 - 17:00


Wed 16:00 - 17:00


Lectures: Lecture Theatre 2, Chemistry Building


Mon - New Law School Seminar Room 028

Tue - Education Seminar Room 325

Wed - Carslaw Tutorial Room 359