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This page provides information about HPSC3026 Research Project. This module normally is restricted to students undertaking the intercalated BSc degrees in STS.

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units: 1.0 unit
organiser: TBC
assessment: literature survey (1,200 words) (10%); presentation (work-in-progress) 20 minutes (15%); dissertation (10,000 words) (75%)

Students undertake an independent research project of their own design in the field of science and technology studies. An appropriate supervisor is selected in consultation with the module tutor. Discussion of research is undertaken during regular tutorials.

Module description

Students undertake an independent research project of their own design in the field of Philosophy, Medicine, and Society. An appropriate supervisor is selected in consultation with the course tutor. Discussion of research is undertaken during regular tutorials. Permission required. Normally, this course is open only to students enrolled in intercalated BSc programmes.

This is a full-year, one course unit research module. In Term 1, HPSC3026 students explore topic options and undertake critical reading in consultation with tutors. The expectation is that by the start of Term 2 of the intercalating year an agreement on supervision and project idea will be in place. In Term 2, students accelerate their research.

  • project ideas from members of staff (link)
milestones for HPSC3026 value details
literature review 1,200 words 10% (link)
presentation (work-in-progress) 20 minutes 15% (link)
research project 10,000 words 75% (link)
research notebook not assessed (link)

 Core modules are compulsory.

Research projects completed

Past titles include:

  • Benefits of Pluralism: A Perspectival Articulation. Focussing on the Stories of Paul Feyerabend (winner of the HAB Simons Project Prize 2010)
  • Lister’s Anatomy Between Artistic And Scientific Representative Practices
  • Securing Secrets: British Cypher Security in the Second World War
  • Prediction, Explanation, and “Self-Caused Explanations”
  • Compromising on Evidence: When Patients Are Too Sick to Wait for a Clinical Trial
  • Belief in the Health Care Provider and Treatment Outcome
  • A Critique of the Current Criteria for Involuntary Hospitalisation of Patients with Mental Disorder
  • History of Yoga as a Medical Treatment in the UK
  • The Feminisation of British Health Care
  • Did the Scientific Revolution have a Significant Influence on the Decline of Witch-hunting in Europe by 1700?
  • Has the Development of the EBM Hierarchies of Evidence Encouraged 'Cookbook' Medicine and Has this Been Positive
  • What is, and are the Causes of, Modern Day Depressive Illness?

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