History of Scientific Thought

A.Y. 2021/2022
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/05
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course is aimed at providing basic knowledge about the history of science in the West, from the 7th century BC. 19th century. The course also aims to provide lexical and conceptual tools suitable for both scientific and popular historical communication.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will have reached an adequate knowledge of the milestones History of Science in the West; of the relationship between science, technology and society; and the ability to clearly and effectively express concepts belonging to the world of science. If they attend, part of the course will take place within the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci", with access to the archive to process presentation modules to the public of the Museum and, therefore, will have acquired methodological awareness in the use of archive material and museum education. All students will have to make PowerPoint presentations and videos related to specific themes in accordance with the instructor, to refine the soft skills of communication and motivation. Both those who attend and opt to not to attend will be able to keep up to date on what was done during the course through the relevant Ariel website, and will have been able to constantly keep in contact with the instructor by email or during office hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
In case of health emergency, lessons will be held partly in a classroom and partly online synchronously . In both cases, a registration will be available on the Ariel course website. Exams will be held online orally
Course syllabus
Title of the course: Science, technology and society in the nineteenth century: the role of the museum "Leonardo da Vinci" in Milan
Part 1: The Development of the scientific thought
Part 2: Science, technology and society in the nineteenth century: the role of the museum "Leonardo da Vinci" in Milan
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the admission to the MA degree in historical science
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. The teaching is delivered through frontal lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific language of the subject. Discussion with the teacher in the classroom is integrant part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the capacity to apply the acquired competence and knowledge.
The teaching is also based on didactic and multimedia material provided on Ariel.
In addition to frontal lectures, team works and individual presentations are envisaged.
Teaching Resources
Attending students:
- Programme for 6 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures and in the archive of the museum
Textbook: A.R. Hall, M. Boas "A brief history of science", The new American library 1964

Non-attending students:
- Programme for 6 cfu:
Textbook: A.R. Hall, M. Boas "A brief history of science", The new American library 1964
Knowledge of one of the following books: P. Fara "A lab of one's own" Oxford UP 2018 or Irish, Tomás: The university at war, 1914-25. Britain, France, and the United States, Basingstoke, Macmillan 2005.

International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: written exam for non-attending students; informative exhibition of the museum's archive material
- Type of examination: written test with open questions.
- Length of written examination : 50 minutes;
Unita' didattica A
M-STO/05 - HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-STO/05 - HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours