Arts and Sciences BASc 3 years

The three-year programme of core courses, major and minor pathway and internship.


Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad BASc 4 years

The three-year programme plus an additional year abroad.



BASC2012 Science Meets Religion in the Global Community

Dr Andrew Gregory (Science and Technology Studies)
Most suitable for:
Cultures, Sciences and Engineering or Societies pathways
Mode of assessment:
50% unseen written exam and 50% coursework (project)
For Affiliate students taking BASC2012A:
50% essay 1 and 50% essay 2
Term 1 of Year 2
Lecture: 11am - 1pm on Wednesdays
Seminar: 12 - 1pm on Thursdays or 3 - 4pm on Thursdays or 10 - 11am on Fridays or 12 - 1pm on Fridays
* Students are automatically allocated to a seminar class, so it is not possible to pick one

Examines the relations between science, religion and progress. Topics will include the relation between science and religion in the ancient world, in Islam and China, the role of Christianity in Europe's “scientific revolution” of the seventeenth century and some issues in the relation of religion and science today.

Likely topics include:

  1. Science and Religion: Philosophical and Historiographical Issues
  2. The Church and the Copernican Revolution
  3. Descartes, Hobbes and Newton: Mechanisation and Secularisation?
  4. Catholic and Protestant Science Throughout Europe
  5. Science and Religion in China
  6. Science and Religion in Islam
  7. The Enlightenment: Natural Religion?
  8. Darwin and Evolution
  9. Cosmology and Religion
  10. Scientism and Militant Atheism


Timetable (link)

Moodle (link)


Content skills

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of key models and other interpretative tools for characterizing conversations between science and faith
  • demonstrate specific and substantive knowledge of case studies
  • relate general models and interpretative tools to particular instances, and vice versa
  • shift between immediate issues and elements relevant on different scales

Academic and transferable skills

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • use history as a guide for investigating complex questions in the modern world
  • research novel questions using university-level resources, demonstrating the ability to locate quality resources, filter, assess, and relate one to another
  • express their views with clarity and concision, managing their time within tight deadlines
  • demonstrate productive interpersonal interaction, especially an ability to discuss substantive issues within a community of diverse views, not simply arguing a point or displaying destructive criticism but also listening carefully to extract substance; showing empathy and cooperation even when working in areas of disagreement

You can view a video description of the course on the Department of Science and Technology webpages at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/study/hpsc/basc2012