Master’s: Epistemology – History of Sciences and Techniques
Université Bordeaux Montaigne offers this programme in conjunction with the University of Bordeaux. The Master’s in Science and Technology: Information and Mediation (IMST) is the study of science, scientific discourse and concepts. It interrogates the relationship between science and society from the perspectives of history, philosophy, sociology, ethics and communications. Students acquire an acute and sophisticated understanding of scientific knowledge thanks to a dual learning process within the university comprising history, philosophy and sociology of the sciences on the one hand and media and communications techniques on the other. These correspond to the two possible subject pathways within this Master’s programme.
The subject pathway entitled ‘Epistemology – History of Sciences and Techniques (EHST)’, within the Master’s programme in Science and Technology: Information and Mediation (IMST) is geared towards research-oriented professions. It seeks to explore the history, philosophy and sociology of the sciences, as mentioned above.
Information about the vocationally oriented ‘Mediation of the Sciences’
The Master’s programme in Epistemology – History of Sciences and Techniques aims to provide students with a high standard of training in epistemology and in the history of sciences and techniques, with a view to their undertaking a doctoral thesis and continuing on to take the competitive examinations for the recruitment of university lecturers and researchers.
In terms of course content, the programme enables students to acquire knowledge of the key moments and fundamental themes in the history and philosophy of the sciences, both classical and contemporary. Students encounter the diverse range of possible approaches to the history of the sciences and gain training in and through research.
In terms of methodology, students learn about the intellectual rigour needed for research. This is in terms of presenting their findings (techniques for writing up a research-based dissertation and articles, with a view to working on a thesis; techniques for oral presentations) and in terms of the landscape of current projects and trends in the research community (evaluating a research question based on appropriate bibliographic research; being capable of evaluating the originality of a thesis or scientific proposal). Students develop their capacity to read and comment on a historical text (in French or a foreign language) or a contemporary (introductory) scientific work in a chosen domain. They learn to make full and proper use of archives and the ancient collections at conservation centres.