University of Toronto - St. George

History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

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Program Information

School:University of Toronto - St. George
Faculty:Arts and Science
Degree:Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study:History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Description:How are scientific theories developed? Do values affect science and do scientific theories influence social values? What is the role of science and technology in a democratic society? These are some of the questions that historians and philosophers of science examine. Courses in the philosophy of science engage with the structure of science, its methods, and its special claims to the production of knowledge. Courses in the history of science and technology situate scientific advances in their cultural and socio-economic context.

Students taking HPS courses deepen their understanding of major ideas in science; they learn to think critically about the past and present role of science in human societies, and they improve their skills in oral presentation and debate, research, and writing.

Students pursuing an HPS POST will be ideally suited to any professional or academic context that requires an understanding of science, science in society, and the relation between the sciences and the humanities. The Minor programs are designed to complement a range of Major or Specialist programs including those in the sciences, history, philosophy, or any program for which the combination of sciences and humanities could prove beneficial. The HPS major program is useful for elementary and secondary school teaching, museum and library work, science writing and editing, law, medicine and other fields where competence in both science and humanities is valuable.

All History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) courses are designed to be accessible to students majoring in other programs.
URL:History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at University of Toronto - St. George
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,400
International: $41,920

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*80 to 100
Prerequisites:*

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Plus five additional U/M courses.

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on August 28, 2016