Coursebooks

Experimental history of science II

HUM-466

Lecturer(s) :

Dumas Primbault Simon François
Mihailescu Ion-Gabriel

Language:

English

Withdrawal

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

Summary

This course will introduce students to recent works and advancements in the history of science which will provide them with the necessary background to articulate historical questions and to understand the role played by material objects and tacit, technical skills in the production of knowledge.

Content

The Spring semester is devoted to the practical realization of the students' projects. Students are
expected to work autonomously in the various laboratories and workshops necessary for their projects.

For further advice and directions, professors will be available on demand during the weekly dedicated hours.

Keywords

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

POLY-perspective :

https://www.epfl.ch/schools/cdh/cdhs-vision/

Learning Outcomes

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

Transversal skills

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 lecturers' 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 (6 to 8,000 words).

Assessment methods

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

Spring term:

All work can be presented in either English or French.

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants No
Forum Yes
Others

Weekly meetings with supervisor or during alternative appointments with supervisor and own group.

If appropriate, exchange via email, to be confirmed with respective supervisor.

 

Resources

Bibliography

Research articles, depend on the project to be performed. Information and skills to find the literature in the course of the autumn term. Additional bibliographical references will be put online on the Moodle of the course.

Ressources en bibliothèque

In the programs

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  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German