Peking University Training Scheme for Postgraduate Program

Name of First-class Subject: History of Science and Technology

Name of Subject: History of Science and Technology

Code of Subject: 071200

1. Research Concentrations

NO.

Research Concentration

Main research contents, specialty and significance

Supervisors

1

History of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Science, Technology and Medicine

This concentration mainly focuses on the emergence, development and laws of modern and contemporary science, technology and medicine in China. Additionally, it investigates the interaction between the development of science and technology and that of economy, society and culture. Therefore students will understand the basic context, mechanism and significant historical facts of the development of modern and contemporary science and technology in China. A deep understanding of the development of modern and contemporary science and technology in China and the evolution of science and technology system and policies will significantly enlighten and make an example for the current development of science and technology and the formulation of science and technology policies.

Han Qide, Zhang Li, Zhang Daqing, Wang Jun, Zhou Cheng

2

The History of World Science, Technology and Medicine

This concentration mainly focuses on the evolution of science, technology and medicine and its general laws from a global perspective. It also explores the historical problems of how science and technology and medicine endow mankind to understand and transform the world and how they can constantly change human’s life. Investigating the relationship of science, technology, medicineand the history of human civilization development on the basis of human world from a global perspective will significantly enlighten and make an example for the future international technological cooperations.

Zhou Cheng, Zhang Daqing, Wang Yifang, Su Xiangui

3

History of science, technology and society

This concentration focuses on the interaction between science and technology and social development, and investigates the influence of social factors (historical tradition, cultural value, economic system, political system, etc.) on the development of science and technology from the perspective of history. It mainly explores the social background of the invention, evolution and dissemination of scientific and technology, the social conditions and effects of scientific discovery and technological invention, the structure and internal and external relations of the scientific community, the professionalization of science and technology, and so on.

Zhou Cheng, Liu Huajie, Wang Yifang, Tang Wenpei, Su Xiangui

4

History of Scientific Thought

This concentration mainly explores the history of scientific thought being fermented, put forward, spread, developed, discussed, merged and changed. It emphasizes the internal evolution of scientific concepts, devotes itself to the interpretation of scientific concept and its metaphysical foundation in history and pays attention to the evolution of these concepts, their systems and the history of thought and philosophy related to scientific concept.

Su Xiangui, Wang Jun, Liu Huajie

5

Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Science and Culture

This concentration focuses on the comparison of science and culture between China and the western developed countries. It pays attention to the historical track of the scientific development under different scientific cultures and systems of China and the western countries and their influential factors so as to understand the historical reasons why modern science did not emerge earlier in China than in other countries. Through comparative studies, we can explore and understand the relationship between the uniqueness of Chinese scientific development and the cultural foundation, cultivate innovative culture, and thus grasp the opportunity of the new round of scientific and technological and industrial revolution in the world.

Han Qide, Zhang Li, Zhou Cheng

2. Training Objectives, years of study and requirements for completion

Training objectives: (This form may not contain political criteria)

1.Have an excellent scientific ethics and a rigorous scientific attitude. Respect others’ research outcomes, intellectual property rights, etc.; attach importance to the combination of theory and practice.

2.Receiving systematic training of scientific history research. Have a solid foundation and broad command of the history of science and technology and systematic in-depth expertise. Being able to fluently read foreign materials of the subject and being qualified for the practical work or further study in terms of knowledge structure, academic level, working ability, etc.

3.Physical and mental health.

4.A master's degree holder should be qualified for the work of the subject or related subjects in scientific research, teaching, press, museum and government institutions.

Years of study:

3 years;

Students should take no longerthan 5 years. Those who have been approved for suspension from school during the term should take no longer than 7 years.

Requirements for completion:

No less than 30 credits.

Compulsory courses 15 credits: 5 credits for public compulsory courses, 9-12 credits for 3-4 compulsory courses of the subject; 6-15 credits for 3-6 electives of this subject, 2 credits for theme discussion and seminars.

For graduate students by interdisciplinary admission, the credits for required make-up undergraduate courses can be included in the required credits.

Graduate students of this major can take courses offered by the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of History, the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Medicine of Peking University, which can be included in the electives.

3. Curriculum (including seminars, etc.)

NO.

Course code

Name of Courses

Type of Courses

Credit

Opening Term

Teacher (Title)

Applicable Major

1


History of Science

Compulsory

2

Spring

Zhang Daqing (Professor)

This major and others

2


History of Modern Chinese Science and Technology

Compulsory

2

Autumn

Zhang Li (Professor)

This major and others

3


Reading and Writing of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Compulsory

3

Autumn

Zhang Daqing (Professor)

This major and others

4


Oral History of Science and Technology: Theory and Practice

Selective

3

Spring

Zhang Li (Professor)

This major and others

Courses
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