History and epistemology of Chemistry

Course Information
TitleΙστορία και Επιστημολογία της Χημείας / History and epistemology of Chemistry
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID40003212

Programme of Study: PPS of School of Chemistry (2014-2015)

Registered students: 8
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Chemical Education and Information and Communication TechnologiesCompulsory Course2110

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By concluding successfully the course the students should be able to: Describe briefly the contribution of the Greek natural philosophers to the understanding of nature. Refer to the major epistemological trends and to specific persons represeanting each of them. Describe briefly the contribution of important scientists to the advance of science. Relate advances in the field of Chemistry in relation to analogous advances in other sciences.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Physical sciences in ancient Greece and comparison with current theories. Chemistry of ancient and middle ages and methods of its use for educational purposes (collection and evaluation of material, experimental reproduction, metyhods of presenting the results using modern teaching aids). History of chemistry as a science in the last two centuries. The pioneering work of important researchers. Topics in epistemology of Chemistry
natural philosophy, epistemologic trends, current scientific theories, development of chemistry
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Course Organization
Reading Assigment502
Written assigments502
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Η. Butterfield, Η καταγωγή της σύγχρονης επιστήμης 1300-1800, Μορφωτικό Ίδρυμα Εθνικής Τραπέζης Α. Koyre, Δυτικός πολιτισμός, Ύψιλον H.M. Leicester, Historical Background to Chemistry, Dover, 1971. R. Mierzecki, The Historical Development of Chemical Concepts, Dordrecht, 1991. http://plato.stanford.edu/ http://www.chemheritage.org/explore/explore.html http://www.thecatalyst.org/m04histr.html http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/quacon.html#quacon
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