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First Session

HPS100H1 Introduction to History & Philosophy of Science
Lectures and Tutorials: Online
Professor: Hakob Barseghyan
This is an online introduction to the key issues in the history and philosophy of science. How do scientific theories and method change through time? Is there a universal and unchangeable method of science? What demarcates science from non-science? Can scientific theories provide true descriptions of the world? Is there scientific progress? What are the major worldviews in the history of science? The pre-recorded lectures are available online at any time. Tutorial sessions are live at the portal.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

JHE353H1 History of Evolutionary Biology I
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3
Location: RW 110
Instructor: Juan Ilerbaig
An examination of major ideas about biological evolution from the 18th century to the 1930s and of their impact on scientific and social thought. Topics include the diversity of life and its classification, the adaptation of organisms to their environment, Wallace’s and Darwin’s views on evolution by natural selection, sexual selection, inheritance from Mendel to T.H. Morgan, eugenics, and the implications of evolution for religion, gender roles, and the organization of society. Offered by the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.
Prerequisite: 6 full courses or equivalent
Exclusion: EEB353H1/HPS323H1/HPS353H1
Distribution Requirement: This is a Humanities or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

Second Session

HPS200H1 Science and Values
Time: Mondays & Wednesdays 10-12
Location: SS 2118
Instructor: Cory Lewis
Case studies in the history of science from 1800 to 2000, including Volta, Lyell, Darwin, Mendel, Einstein, Schrödinger, Watson, and Crick. The course is designed to be accessible to science students and non-scientists alike.
Distribution Requirement: This is a Humanities or Science course;
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)