Each session deals monographically with research topics connected to the latest historiographical trends, and especially to those that are most significant for the distinguished and diverse community of researchers at the three universities. Main periods throughout the history of science and a representative sample of the most relevant topics in the history of science, medicine, and technology are covered this way. Instructors introduce historiographical perspectives on that which they are working, and present them based on cases from their research. Thus, this course is especially important for continuing in the doctoral program.
Competencies and learning outcomes
- Know the general development of the history of science, medicine, and technology in their social and cultural contexts throughout time.
- Identify the major geographic periods and contexts of the historical development of science, medicine, and technology.
- Know the biographies of the key figures in the development of the history of science, medicine, and technology.
- Analyze and interpret classical texts of medicine and science.
- Identify the main sources of information related to the history of science, medicine, and technology, as well as the retrieval tools of this information (major bibliographic indexes and databases).
- Discuss and assess the perspectives, historiographical debates, and methods of work of the main lines of historical research regarding science, technology, and medicine.
- Know and skillfully utilize the main sources of information related to scientific communication, as well as other information retrieval tools (major bibliographic indexes and databases).
- Recognize the major trends in philosophy and sociology of science, as well as in the study of science, technology, and society.
- Understand the relationships between science, medicine, and technology with the societies and cultures in which they develop throughout diverse historic periods.
- Compile, select, and organize specialized scientific information.
- Know and critically analyze the processes of the circulation of scientific knowledge and practices, as well as their key figures, scenarios, media, mechanisms, and consequences.
- Know and critically analyze the processes of scientific communication, considering its various protagonists, contexts, media, practices, purposes, and outcomes.
- Identify and critically analyze classical texts of medicine and science in their various forms.
- Identify the main spaces developing scientific, technological, and medical activity (laboratories, classrooms, academies, observatories, natural environments, museums, hospitals, factories, etc.).
- Know the biographies of the figures in science, medicine, and technology during certain historical moments and in social and cultural contexts.
- Differentiate the major trends in the study of science, medicine, and gender.
- Discuss and assess the perspectives, controversies, and work methods of the main lines of research in the area of information and social communication of science.
Objectives (Learning outcomes)
- Adquirir un conocimiento avanzado sobre los principales problemas y tendencias en la investigación en historia de la ciencia, de la medicina y de la tecnología
Methodology and grading
- Case studies: Learning through the analysis of actual or simulated cases in order to interpret and resolve them by employing various alternative solution procedures.
- Problem-based learning: Develop active learning strategies through problem solving that promote thinking, experimentation, and decision making in the student.
- Solving exercises and problems: Exercise, test, and apply previous knowledge through routine repetition.
- Los estudiantes serán evaluados de acuerdo con su participación en las clases, en los debates de los foros, comentarios en los blogs y con el cuaderno de actividades elaborado a lo largo del curso (comentarios de texto, reflexiones, informes por escrito, etc.), siempre de acuerdo con las indicaciones de los profesores. Esta evaluación se sustanciará en:
- Entrega del portafolio convenientemente rellenado con las actividades que se desarrollan durante la clase o las que el profesor/a encargue [70%].
- Trabajos escritos y participación en los seminarios de debate (foros) abiertos durante la semana y los ciclos de conferencias del programa [30%]. Esta actividad no será recuperable en las pruebas de evaluación extraordinarias.