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Enrich your life with the humanities and social sciences

Science, culture and society draws from the humanities and social sciences to explore the links between science and wider society.

Employers value a scientific training that encourages good communication and the ability to think critically. All our courses champion class discussion and debate among students from different disciplines. By choosing one of these courses, you will enrich your formal degree studies, stimulate your imagination and acquire important skills.

Science, culture and society course options will complement your core studies. You might find a new interest and gain fresh insights. Or you might take a course in a topic for which you have an existing passion, and so deepen your understanding of it.

Whichever option you choose, a course from Science, culture and society is a wonderful opportunity to bring an interdisciplinary dimension to your education.

Please see the 2017-18 course options below and check the course descriptions for more information.

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Science, Culture and Society for first years

Autumn term options

Course codeCourse titleECTSDurationWhen
HSCS1001 Creative Thinking                                                                              
 0  8 weeks  Autumn term only
HSCS1003 History: Science and Empire  0  8 weeks  Autumn term only
HSCS1004 Introduction to Philosophy 
 0  8 weeks  Autumn OR Spring term
HSCS1006 Introduction to Psychology 
 0  8 weeks  Autumn OR Spring term
HSCS1011 Science, Art and Design 
 0  8 weeks  Autumn term only
HSCS1012 Sound Technology 
 0  8 weeks  Autumn OR Spring term
HSCS1013 Understanding the Nature of Music  0  8 weeks  Autumn term only

Spring term options 

Course codeCourse titleECTSDurationWhen
HSCS1002 Emergence of Modern Medicine  0  8 weeks  Spring term only
HSCS1004 Introduction to Philosophy 
 0  8 weeks  Autumn OR Spring term
HSCS1006 Introduction to Psychology  0  8 weeks  Autumn OR Spring term
HSCS1012 Sound Technology 
 0  8 weeks  Autumn OR Spring term
HSCS1014 Creative Platforms: Online Writing, Branding and Social Media  0  8 weeks  Spring term only
HSCS1015 Cultural Anthropology  0  8 weeks  Spring term only
HSCS1016 Science Fiction
 0  8 weeks  Spring term only

Science, Culture and Society for second years

Course codeCourse titleECTSDurationWhen
HSCS2001 Communicating Science: The Public and The Media  6 20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS2003 Creative Writing  6 20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS2004 Development of Business and Economic Ideas  6 20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS2005 Why be good? Problems in Moral Philosophy  6 20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS2007 Music Technology  6  20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS2008 Philosophy and the Sciences  6 20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS2009 Politics  6 20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS2010 Science and Policy  6 20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS2012 Advances in Modern Psychology  6 20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS2013 Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World  6 20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS2014 Music & Western Civilisation  6 20 weeks Autumn and spring terms

Science, Culture and Society for third and fourth years

Course codeCourse titleECTSDurationWhen
HSCS3001 Advanced Creative Writing  6  20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS3002 History of Science, Technology and Industry  6  20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS3003 Philosophy of Mind  6  20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS3004 Contemporary Philosophy  6  20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS3006 Humanities Project  6  20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS3007 Conflict, Crime and Justice
 6  20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS3008 Visual Culture, Knowledge and Power  6  20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS3011  Psychology of Music  6  20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS2007 Music Technology  6  20 weeks Autumn and spring terms
HSCS4001 Advanced Humanities Project  6  20 weeks Autumn and spring terms

Imperial Horizons courses listed in our literature and on the website are those that the Centre is currently offering in the academic year listed.  Courses run subject to sufficient demand and resources. The College reserves the right to cap numbers and change or discontinue courses.