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Major

History and Philosophy of Science

      What will I study?

      Overview

      Gain broad knowledge of the major theoretical, philosophical, sociological and historiographical themes in HPS. Specialise in one of the following areas: history of science; philosophy of science; sociology of science or technology. And create sustained and critical arguments using appropriate knowledge and methods, culminating in independent and self-directed research.

      Your course structure

      The Bachelor of Arts requires the successful completion of 24 subjects (300-points), including at least one major. Most students study eight subjects each year (usually four subjects in each semester) for three years full-time, or the part-time equivalent.

      Most Arts majors require 100 points of study (usually eight subjects) for attainment. This means out of your 300-point program, you have the opportunity to achieve two majors in your course.

      COMPLETING YOUR MAJOR

      If you are taking History and Philosophy of Science as a major, you must complete:

      • One level 1 compulsory subject and one Arts Foundation subject
      • 37.5 points (usually three subjects) of level 2 subjects (usually at second year)
      • 25 points (usually two subjects) of level 3 subjects (usually at third year) and
      • One level 3 capstone subject

      If you are taking History and Philosophy of Science as a minor, you must complete:

      • One level 1 subject and one Arts Foundation subject
      • 25 points (usually two subjects) of level 2 subjects (usually at second year)
      • 25 points (usually two subjects) of level 3 subjects (usually at third year)

      Note: There are recommended Minor structures in the Handbook

      BREADTH STUDIES

      Breadth is a unique feature of the Melbourne Model. It gives you the chance to explore subjects outside of arts, developing new perspectives and learning to collaborate with others who have different strengths and interests — just as you will in your future career.

      Some of our students use breadth to explore creative interests or topics they have always been curious about. Others used breadth to improve their career prospects by complementing their major with a language, communication skills or business expertise.

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