HUM-466 / 3 credits

Teacher: Mihailescu Ion-Gabriel

Language: English

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

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Summary

The course allows students to learn by doing about the history of science, and the role played by experimentation, technical skills or material objects in the production of knowledge. Students will explore these topics by reconstructing a historical experiment, instrument or practice.

Content

Keywords

re-enactment, past experiments, learning by doing, history of science, practices, artefacts, tacit knowledge

POLY-perspective :

  • creative perspective
  • interdisciplinary perspective

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Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

HUM-402: Experimental history of science I

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Identify important research questions in the history of science.
  • Formulate a problematic and hypothesis.
  • Analyze historical sources.
  • Interpret historical artefacts.
  • Assess / Evaluate the tacit and technical skills involved in the production of knowledge.
  • Critique historical accounts and their own scientific skills.
  • Construct an argument.

Transversal skills

  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Assess progress against the plan, and adapt the plan as appropriate.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.

Teaching methods

The course relies on the teaching method of learning by doing. We consider this to be a particularly appropriate method for imparting knowledge about the history of science.

Spring semester: group work under supervision.

Expected student activities

The Spring semester is dedicated to autonomous practical work. Students are expected to present
orally the advancement of their project during a mid-semester session. At the end of the semester, students are expected to present their research and hand a final report on their activities and findings.

Assessment methods

Independent evaluation at the end of both the autumn and spring term (grade associated to 3 ECTS).

Spring term:

  • Mid-semester oral presentation (20%)
  • Final oral presentation (40%)
  • Final written report (40%)

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants No
Forum Yes
Others

Resources

Bibliography

 

Ressources en bibliothèque

    Moodle Link

    In the programs

    • Semester: Spring
    • Number of places: 30
    • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
    • Subject examined: Experimental history of science II
    • Project: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

    Reference week

     MoTuWeThFr
    8-9     
    9-10     
    10-11     
    11-12     
    12-13     
    13-14     
    14-15     
    15-16     
    16-17  CM011  
    17-18    
    18-19    
    19-20     
    20-21     
    21-22     

    Wednesday, 16h - 19h: Project, other CM011