History (HIST) 404
Historical Foundations of Modern Science (Revision 3)
HIST 404 is designed primarily for science students in the last year of a BS program, and for history students in the last year of a BA (History) program. As such, History 404 uses a range of primary and secondary materials as well as visual media, notably, the thirteen episodes that make up the lecture series A History of Science in Society.
- Unit 1: What Is Science?
- Unit 2: The Origins of Natural Philosophy or Why the Greeks?
- Unit 3: Science in the Roman and Islamic Worlds and the 12th Century Revival in Western Europe
- Unit 4: Science in the Renaissance
- Unit 5: The Scientific Revolution
- Unit 6: Science and the Enlightenment
- Unit 7: Science and the Age of Empire
- Unit 8: The End of Certainty: Science, War and the Onset of the Atomic Age
- Unit 9: Discovering DNA
- Unit 10: Hypatia’s Heritage: Women’s Role in Science
- Unit 11: The Shrinking World
To receive credit for HIST 404, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent or better on the final examination. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Alic, Margaret. Hypatia’s Heritage: A History of Women in Science from Antiquity to the Late Nineteenth Century. London: The Women’s Press, 1986.
Ede, Andrew, and Lesley B. Cormack. A History of Science in Society: From Philosophy to Utility. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2009.
Watson, James D. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of The Structure of DNA. New York: Touchstone Edition, 2001.
All of your Athabasca University materials will be found at your online course site. Key course materials include the Course Manual, the Study Guide, and assignments and quizzes.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 3, June 8, 2012.
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Updated October 31 2018 by Student & Academic Services