2016 Graduate Methodologies in Science, Technology and Society S1

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Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Kaji Masanori  Shirabe Masashi  Nakajima Hideto  Fudano Jun  Bektas Yakup  Saito Ken    Kikuchi Yoshiyuki 
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Course description and aims

This lecture aims at acquring expert knowledge for history of science and technology, and philosophy of sicence

Student learning outcomes

Students should get basic competence for professionals of above fields.


history of science, history of technology, science and technology studies

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

At first lecturer or students deliver 60 minutes presentation, and we move on discussion. At the end of lecture, students make comment sheets.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The biginning of science Discussion on what is sicence
Class 2 The biginning of technology Discussion on what is technology
Class 3 Natural philosophy and physics of Aristotle Natural philosophy of Milesian school,, Aristotole as a scientist
Class 4 Periodisation of technology Stone age, bronze age, iron age
Class 5 System technology in the ancient Roman engineering
Class 6 Technology during Hellenism Hero, Arichimedes
Class 7 Neo Platonism Platonian view of nature, and mysticism
Class 8 The development of research for Medieval technology Historography of Gimpel
Class 9 Twelfth Century Renaissance Historiograpyu of Haskins
Class 10 Emergence of universities Schlastic philosophy
Class 11 Theory of the Scientific Revolution Alexandre, Koyre, Copernics
Class 12 Hermetic tradition and science Ficino, Corpus Hermeticum
Class 13 Galileo and Descartes Reformation of mechanics
Class 14 Newton Opticks, Principia
Class 15 From deism to the Enlightenmkent John Toland


Hideto Nakajima, Science in Society (in Japanese), NHK Books

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Please see referenced books in the text book above.

Assessment criteria and methods

Term paper 60%, comment sheet at the end of lectures 40%

Related courses

  • LAH.T202 : History of Science B
  • LAH.T302 : History of Science C
  • LAH.T203 : History of Technology B
  • LAH.T303 : History of Technology C

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Graduate level knowledge for history of science and technology, and philosophy of science

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