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First Summer Term: May 1 – June 30

HPS100H1: Introduction to History & Philosophy of Science

Day & Time: Online course
Location: Online course
Course Instructor: Hakob Barseghyan
Office hours: TBA
Course Description: This is an 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. Click here for more information.
Degree Requirement: This is a Humanities or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

HPS210H1 Scientific Revolutions I

Day & Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Alumni Hall, Room 100
Course Instructor: Brian Baigrie
Office hours: TBA
Course Description: Case studies in the history of science from antiquity to 1800, including the revolutionary work of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes, Newton, Linnaeus, Lavoisier, and Herschel. The course is designed to be accessible to science students and non-scientists alike.
Exclusion: HPS200Y1
Distribution Requirement: This is a Humanities or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

JHE353H1 History of Evolutionary Biology I

Day & Time: Mondays & Wednesdays 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm
Location: Lash Miller, Room 162
Course Instructor: Juan Ilerbaig
Office hours: TBA
Course Description: 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 Summer Term: July 1 – August 31

HPS100H1: Introduction to History & Philosophy of Science

Day & Time: Online course
Location: Online course
Course Instructor: Hakob Barseghyan
Office hours: TBA
Course Description: This is an 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. Click here for more information.
Degree Requirement: This is a Humanities or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

HPS211H1 – Scientific Revolutions II

Location: Online
Course Instructor: Brian Baigrie
Office hours: TBA
Course Description: 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.
Exclusions: HPS200Y1, HPS300Y0;
Degree Requirement: This is a Humanities or Science Course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

HPS250H1 Introductory Philosophy of Science

Day & Time: Mondays & Wednesdays 12 noon – 2:00 pm Location: Emmanuel College, Room 1
Course Instructor: Jamie Shaw
Office hours: TBA
Course Description: This course introduces and explores central issues in the philosophy of science, including scientific inference, method, and explanation. Topics may include underdetermination, realism and empiricism, and laws of nature.
Distribution Requirement: This is a Humanities or Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

HPS302H1 – Topics in the Philosophy of Science: COVID-19: Epistemology and Societal Implications

Day & Time: Mondays & Wednesdays 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location:
Online
Course Instructor: Mathew Mercuri
Office hours: TBA
Course Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant changes in our daily lives. This course will provide a brief history of pandemics and examine Coronavirus in a historical context. Topics will include pandemic modelling and epidemiology, approaches to community and international public health response (e.g. border closures, protective masks, social distancing, isolation, testing and tracking), and impact on economic, social, and educational activities. Portrayals of the pandemic by media, government, and scientists will also be examined. Readings will be drawn from a variety of academic disciplines and popular sources. Assignments will consist of written reflections on course material and a term paper.
Degree Requirement: This is a Humanities Course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)