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HPSC3022 Science, Politics, and the State in Russia and the Soviet Union


This page provides information about the module HPSC3022 Frontiers of Knowledge in History & Philosophy of Sciences. HPSC3022 is a special topics module. Topics vary from year-to-year. Each year the module offers a detailed investigation of episodes, themes or problems in the history and philosophy of science. 

2012-13 information

This year the module will cover Science, Politics, and the State in Russia and the Soviet Union.

Term 2

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module description

How are science and politics related? What role does science play in governance, and how is science itself best governed? Is scientific knowledge apolitical, and if it is politically-informed, what consequences does this have? This module explores the interactions of science, politics, and the state through a study of science in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. From the reign of Peter the Great (1696-1725) to the time of Perestroika in the 1980s, Russian science always operated close to the state. Using cases from Russian and Soviet history, we will explore a variety of approaches for understanding relations of science, politics, and the state. Some comparative studies will show that science and politics are equally integrated in western liberal democracies.

Module tutor: Dr Simon Werrett

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coursework (80%)
presentation (20%)

required texts for the course

no textbook is set; required readings are set throughout the course


no prerequisites, students must be 2nd or 3rd year standing.
Students outside STS are welcome. 

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