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Department of History and Philosophy of Science

 

The Department of History and Philosophy of Science offers several Part IB and Part II papers as single-paper options.

Students taking these options are welcome to attend any of the Department's Part IB and Part II lectures that are of interest to them, not just the lectures that are part of their course. They may also attend the primary source seminars even though they do not submit primary source essays.

The Part II research methods and writing support seminars are also recommended.

Course changes for 2020–21

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and government guidance, we have had to make some changes to these programmes in order to mitigate against risks to health and to give you the best possible academic experience in the circumstances. We will continue to monitor and respond to the changing public health situation.

The changes are:

  • Lectures
    All lectures will be delivered online. Some will be delivered live online at the scheduled date and time and recordings will be uploaded to Moodle within 48 hours of the lecture taking place. Others will be recorded in advance and the recording will be available to download from Moodle by the scheduled date and time. See the timetable for details of when lectures are scheduled to take place as well as the platform and method of delivery.
  • Supervisions
    Supervisions will be provided in the usual way, although the format will be variable. Supervisions will normally take place in person in groups of two or three. However, where a student or supervisor is shielding or it is not possible to meet in person, e.g. due to local lockdown measures being imposed, supervisions may take place online via Teams, Zoom or Skype.
  • Study skills and other activities
    Study skills groups and other activities will take place online or in person depending on demand and circumstances. Advice of mode of delivery will be circulated prior to the event.

The content being covered by these papers will be largely the same as in any other year. Advice on method of examination (e.g. in person exams or take home essays) will be delivered in due course.

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Three minor subjects are offered to students taking the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) course in Part II of the Natural Sciences Tripos:

In addition, students who take one of these papers can choose to write their BBS dissertation on a topic related to it.

Part II students' guide: BBS options

Classical Tripos

Optional paper in Part II of the Classical Tripos:

History Tripos

Optional paper in Part II of the History Tripos:

  • Specified Subject 11: Early Medicine
    (The same as BBS Subject 113; students take NST2BBS Paper 65 in the exam)

Human, Social and Political Sciences Tripos

Optional papers in Part IIA of the HSPS Tripos:

  • HPS1: History of Science
    (From HPS Part IB; students take NST1 Paper HPS/1 in the exam)
  • HPS2: Philosophy of Science
    (From HPS Part IB; students take NST1 Paper HPS/2 in the exam)

Optional papers in Part IIB of the HSPS Tripos:

Philosophy Tripos

Optional paper in Part IB of the Philosophy Tripos:

Physical Sciences

Students taking the Physical Sciences course in Part II of the Natural Sciences Tripos can choose HPS Part IB as their Group B subject. They take NST1 Paper HPS/1 and NST1 Paper HPS/2 in the exams.

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Tripos

Optional papers in Part IB of the PBS Tripos:

  • HPS1: History of Science
    (From HPS Part IB; students take NST1 Paper HPS/1 in the exam)
  • HPS2: Philosophy of Science
    (From HPS Part IB; students take NST1 Paper HPS/2 in the exam)

Optional paper in Part II of the PBS Tripos: