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Paskins - Geoffrey Hill and His Contexts


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HPSCGA01 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

Start the "Introduction" module

All students will be enrolled in one common module, "Introduction to Science and Technology Studies". This makes use of a textbook:

Handbook cover

Hackett, Edward J., Olga Amsterdamska, Michael E. Lynch and Judy Wajcman. 2007. The Handbook of Science And Technology Studies, Third Edition (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press). ISBN: 9780262083645, 1080 pages. 

When you're enrolled, you'll have free access to the online edition. 

You can get a jump on the readings.

Ebook via UCL:

Ebook elsewhere:

Secondhand copies also are available <link>.

UCL Library holds print editions <link>, as do many other libraries.

Please note: Apple's iStore sells an edition of this book. We do not recommend this edition, as it is rather poorly digitised and lacks essential information, such as author names. We recommend using the MIT ebooks system, if you want to purchase this text as an ebook. Alternatively, the print book itself. 

First lecture in the "Introduction" module


The first lecture will discuss this reading:

Watson, James. 1968. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA (London: Atheneum), chapters 1-7 (approximately 50 pages). Reading is here.

You should read this and come to the session prepared to discuss.

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