Single subject study within the Community Access Program (CAP) is a rewarding way to contribute to your career development, strengthen your academic record and pursue personal and professional interests.
The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies offers a range of CAP subjects in the field of History and Philosophy of Science. This is a unique discipline which brings together perspectives from the history of science and medicine, the philosophy of science, and the social studies of science and technology.
- Astronomy in World History
Astronomy in World History provides students a global perspective on the role of astronomy in cultures from East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Central America as well as those of indigenous Australians.
- Catastrophes as Turning Points
What can we learn from catastrophes? How can the causes of failure be identified? What is the appropriate response to systemic failure? How can catastrophes be avoided in the future?
- An Ecological History of Humanity
An Ecological History of Humanity takes a journey through 150,000 years of human experience to tell a story of how we got where we are today.
- From Plato to Einstein
This subject explores the history of human inquiry into the nature of physical reality. We begin with Plato and Aristotle, and the break from mythology in the Greek tradition of explaining the natural world that marks the beginning of natural philosophy.
- God and the Natural Sciences
What is the relationship between religion and science? Are they fundamentally in conflict, or are they complementary?
- A History of Nature
Are humans becoming ever more distant from nature, including our own human nature? Have the changes in our relationship with nature over the course of human history benefitted or harmed us?
- Science and Pseudoscience
Is there a good way to decide what is science and what is not? This is a central problem for the philosophy of science, which opens up many other questions.
- Technology and Contemporary Life
Is technology creating a better world, or not? What future do we face in pharmaceuticals, robotics, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, artificial life, genetic engineering, and other emerging technologies?