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Minor Concentration History and Philosophy of Science (18 credits)

Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office     Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science

Program Requirements

History and Philosophy of Science at McGill is an interdisciplinary program that aims to provide students with an understanding of science through the study of both its historical development and of some of the fundamental philosophical principles upon which it rests. There is an ongoing seminar series of talks by visiting speakers; please visit http://www.mcgill.ca/hpsc/seminars/ and http://www.mcgill.ca/hpsc/lectures/.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits with a maximum of 9 credits at the 200 level selected as follows:

Philosophy of Science

6-12 credits of courses focused on the Philosophy of Science with no more than 6 credits at the 200 level chosen from the following:

Communication Studies (COMS)

  • COMS 210 Introduction to Communication Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : The social and cultural implications of media. Surveys theory and case studies relevant key issues such as the ownership, structure and governance of media industries; the significance of emergent media technologies; and the roles of media as cultural forms and practices.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Jonathan Sterne (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ENGL 278 or ENGC 210
  • COMS 410 Cultures in Visualization (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Analysis of imaging technologies in their cultural contexts. Focus on different traditions of visual representation through the investigation of artistic and scientific visualization practices.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: One of the following 200-level courses: COMS 200, COMS 210, COMS 230 AND one of the following 300-level courses: COMS 300, COMS 310, COMS 320, COMS 330, COMS 340, COMS 350, COMS 354, COMS 361, COMS 362, COMS 365 or permission of the instructor.

History and Philosophy of Science (HPSC)

  • HPSC 300 Independent Studies: History and Philosophy of Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Hist & Phil of Science : Offered by special arrangement between students in Arts or Science and a professor in either a Science or a Social Science Department. The purpose is to enable a student to undertake for credit the study of a special topic in the History or the Philosophy of Science.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Emily J Carson (Fall) Dirk Schlimm (Winter)

    • Restriction: Permission of Director and History & Philosophy of Science Committee
  • HPSC 500 Interdisciplinary Seminar: History & Philosophy of Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Hist & Phil of Science : At least one topic will be chosen from each of the four major areas: the mathematical, the physical, the biological, the social sciences.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Restriction: Permission of Instructor

Philosophy (PHIL)

Either PHIL 210 or PHIL 310 may count toward the program but not both.

  • PHIL 210 Introduction to Deductive Logic 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An introduction to propositional and predicate logic; formalization of arguments, truth tables, systems of deduction, elementary metaresults, and related topics.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Michael Frank Hallett (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken MATH 318
  • PHIL 221 Introduction to History and Philosophy of Science 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A survey of the development of modern science since the Eighteenth Century.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • PHIL 306 Philosophy of Mind (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A survey of major positions of the mind-body problem, focusing on such questions as: Do we have minds and bodies? Can minds affect bodies? Is mind identical to body? If so, in what sense "identical"? Can physical bodies be conscious.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Andrew Reisner (Fall)

  • PHIL 310 Intermediate Logic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A second course in Logic. NB. The course will be technical in nature, and some mathematical aptitude is essential. The emphasis is on the expressive properties of standard logical systems, including implications for the philosophy of mathematics. We will study the Completeness of First-Order Logic, then the 'limitative' theorems of Tarski and Gödel.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Michael Frank Hallett (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 210 or equivalent
  • PHIL 340 Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An introduction to foundational issues in the social sciences and to the broader implications of these issues for both philosophy and science. Topics to be discussed may include methodology in natural and social science, objectivity in the social sciences, and cultural relativism.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • PHIL 341 Philosophy of Science 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A discussion of philosophical problems as they arise in the context of scientific practice and enquiry. Such issues as the philosophical presuppositions of the physical and social sciences, the nature of scientific method and its epistemological implications will be addressed.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Dirk Schlimm (Fall)

  • PHIL 350 History and Philosophy of Ancient Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : Topics in ancient pure mathematics (geometry and number theory), "mixed mathematics" (astronomy, music theory, optics, mechanics), and/or natural science (including medicine), studied with a view to philosophical issues raised by the content of ancient science and/or by the logic of scientific argument.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • PHIL 411 Topics in Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A course focusing on some philosophical issue (e.g., the nature of numbers or the relation of truth to provability) as it arises in the study of mathematics and logic.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: PHIL 210 or the equivalent, and one intermediate course in philosophy
  • PHIL 440 Philosophy of Social Sciences 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An advanced course on such topics as methodology of, or explanation, in the social sciences or models of rationality. Topics will vary from year to year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 340 or written permission of the instructor
  • PHIL 441 Philosophy of Science 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An analysis of some key philosophical ideas in science and technology, e.g. problem, explanation, forecast, testability and truth.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 341 or written permission of the instructor
  • PHIL 453 Ancient Metaphysics and Natural Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of central themes of ancient metaphysics and/or natural philosophy as treated by two or more contrasting philosophers or philosophical traditions - probably including Plato and/or Aristotle, and possibly including some Hellenistic or post-Hellenistic schools.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • PHIL 511 Seminar: Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Dirk Schlimm (Winter)

    • Restriction: Seminars are open only to graduate students and final year Philosophy Majors, Honours and Joint Honours students, except by written permission of the Department
  • PHIL 541 Seminar: Philosophy of Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An advanced course devoted to a topic in the philosophy of science.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 441 or other requirements specified by the instructor
    • Restriction: Seminars are open only to graduate students and final year Philosophy Majors, Honours and Joint Honours students, except by written permission of the Department
  • PHIL 580 Seminar: Problems of Philosophy 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Restriction: Seminars are open only to graduate students and final year Philosophy Majors, Honours and Joint Honours students, except by written permission of the Department

Religious Studies (RELG)

  • RELG 340 Religion and the Sciences (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Philosophies of science and of religion have created a more positive dialogue on questions of method, symbolism and rationality. Examines key issues (e.g. creation and evolution; objectivity and involvement; determinism and freedom) raised by natural and social sciences, and various possible solutions.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Jim Kanaris (Fall)

    • Fall and Summer

Sociology (SOCI)

  • SOCI 338 Introduction to Biomedical Knowledge (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : The dynamics of biomedical disciplines and specialties. Social, scientific, political and commercial aspects of biomedical research. The organization of work in clinical and fundamental research and its consequences on the choice of research topics.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

History of Science

6-12 credits of courses focused on the History of Science with no more than 6 credits at the 200 level chosen from the following:

Anthropology (ANTH)

  • ANTH 359 History of Archaeological Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Anthropology : A systematic investigation of the theories that have guided the interpretation of prehistoric archaeological data since the Middle Ages; the relationship between these theories and theoretical developments in the other social sciences.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Nicole Couture (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ANTH 201 or ANTH 203, and one additional course in archaeology, or permission of instructor

Biology (BIOL)

  • BIOL 210 Perspectives of Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : This course is an introduction to the thinking, language and practices of scientists. Its objective is to bridge the gap between science and the humanities, and in particular to allow students enrolled in the Minor Concentration in Science for Arts to pursue their interests in specific scientific disciplines.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Louis Lefebvre (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture

Geography (GEOG)

  • GEOG 381 Geographic Thought and Practice (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : An overview of the philosophy of geography and its emergence as a discipline nationally and internationally with emphasis on current concepts and their application to geographical studies in local field work analyzing the impact of human environmental interactions.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Sarah Turner (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours

History (HIST)

  • HIST 249 Health and the Healer in Western History (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : The natural history of health and disease and the development of the healing arts, from antiquity to the beginning of modern times. The rise of "western" medicine. Health and healing as gradually evolving aspects of society and culture.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Faith Wallis, Thomas Andreas Schlich (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who took HIST 349 prior to Winter 2006.
    • Note: Also available to first-year medical students in their options program.
  • HIST 319 The Scientific Revolution (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : The shift from the medieval to the modern view of man's place in the universe that took place between Copernicus and Newton and its intellectual and social implications.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: a 200-level course in early modern history, or a survey course in philosophy, or permission of the instructor
  • HIST 335 Science and Medicine in Canada (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : The social and intellectual history of science and medicine in Canada, from early exploration, through the rise of learned societies, universities and professional organizations, to World War II.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Elsbeth Anne Heaman (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken HIST 212
  • HIST 348 China: Science-Medicine-Technology (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : An introduction to traditional Chinese ideas about human beings and their relationship with heaven and earth. Special emphasis on the history of medicine and the body, alchemy, geomancy and divination techniques, agriculture and sericulture, astronomy, and engineering and their relation to changing social and cultural formations.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: HIST 208 or HIST 218 or permission of instructor
  • HIST 350 Science and the Enlightenment (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Explores the relationship between the natural sciences and the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. Examination of works in post-Newtonian science as well as their broader cultural meaning, the history of material practices, the origins of social science, and the role of geography and international context beyond Western Europe.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: HIST 215 or permission of instructor.
  • HIST 356 Medicine in the Medieval West (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : The history of ideas about the human body, disease and therapeutics and the diverse practices of medicine in western Europe in the Middle Ages (ca. AD 300-1500), with particular attention to their social, intellectual, cultural and religious context.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: HIST 214 or HIST 249 or HIST 380 or permission of instructor.
  • HIST 381 Colonial Africa: Health/Disease (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : A study of the impact of disease on African societies over the last three centuries. Topics include: the efforts of Africans to control their ecology, and to maintain their own medical traditions; the wider African responses to Western bio-medicine, and the relationship of disease to nutrition, demography, and public health.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: HIST 200 and HIST 201 or HIST 349 or permission of the instructor
  • HIST 410 Topics in History of Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Specific theme in the history of science, such as scientific instruments, experimental practices, uses of the body, knowledge and museums, scientific institutions, or science and empire.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: A prior course on history of science or HPSC 300 or permission of Instructor.
    • Restriction(s): Not open to U0 or U1 students
    • Themes (and/or periods) vary year to year.
  • HIST 447 The Natural History of America (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Examination of the ways in which interpretations of the natural world in the Americas were constructed by European travellers, colonial settlers and others. Emphasis primarily on natural histories of colonial British America, but coverage includes comparison across national and regional boundaries within the early modern Atlantic world.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: HIST 211 or permission of the instructor.
  • HIST 452 Medicine in Europe 1500-1700 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : The history of the evolution of ideas about the human body, disease and therapeutics and the diverse practices of medicine in Western Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, with particular attention to their social, political, cultural and religious context.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: HIST 214 or HIST 249 and a 300-level course in History or permission of instructor.
    • Priority is given to students in Honours History, students registered for the Minor in Social Studies of Medicine, and graduate students in History, Medical Anthropology, and Medical Sociology
  • HIST 457 Topics in Medical History (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : This course explores different topics in medical history. Topics to be explored include the role of medicine from ancient to modern times.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Andrea Tone (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: HIST 349 or HIST 356 or permission of instructor
  • HIST 458 Modern Medicine: Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : The emergence of scientific medicine, medical professionalization, the development of public health and the process of medical specialization since 1700.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken 101-459D
  • HIST 459 Modern Medicine: Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Supervised design, research, writing, and discussion of a major research paper on a theme in the history of modern medicine since 1700.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: HIST 458
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken 101-459D
    • Priority given to students in Honours History and students registered for the Minor in Social Studies of Medicine.
  • HIST 466 Seminar: Medieval Medicine (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Models of the body, disease and medical intervention current in western Europe between 400 and 1500 AD will be examined through analysis of primary sources in translation, and modern historical scholarship. The sequel to this course is HIST 496.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • HIST 496 Research: Medieval Medicine (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Supervised design, research, writing, and discussion of a theme in the history of western European medicine, 400 - 1500 AD.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Restriction: Open only to students who have taken HIST 466

History and Philosophy of Science (HPSC)

  • HPSC 300 Independent Studies: History and Philosophy of Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Hist & Phil of Science : Offered by special arrangement between students in Arts or Science and a professor in either a Science or a Social Science Department. The purpose is to enable a student to undertake for credit the study of a special topic in the History or the Philosophy of Science.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Emily J Carson (Fall) Dirk Schlimm (Winter)

    • Restriction: Permission of Director and History & Philosophy of Science Committee
  • HPSC 500 Interdisciplinary Seminar: History & Philosophy of Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Hist & Phil of Science : At least one topic will be chosen from each of the four major areas: the mathematical, the physical, the biological, the social sciences.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Restriction: Permission of Instructor

Islamic Studies (ISLA)

  • ISLA 345 Science and Civilization in Islam (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : History of scientific traditions and ideas in Islamic civilization, from the origins of Islam to the early modern period. Emphasis is on the derivation, development and transmissions of Islamic science, as well as on the assimilation and influence of science within Islamic culture.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Faiz Ragep (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of the instructor.
    • Note: All readings are in English.

Mathematics (MATH)

  • MATH 338 History and Philosophy of Mathematics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, Indian and Arab contributions to mathematics are studied together with some modern developments they give rise to, for example, the problem of trisecting the angle. European mathematics from the Renaissance to the 18th century is discussed in some detail.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Niky Kamran (Fall)

    • Fall

Psychology (PSYC)

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