RFEL3093 - Episodes from the History of Science


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

This course describes the ideas, culture and trends in social historical aspects within the development of the natural sciences particularly after the Enlightenment. Topics include the scientific revolution, the chemical revolution, the periodic system, electricity, theories of life and the evolution of life, radioactivity, and aspects of 19th and 20th century chemistry and physics. Interdisciplinary topics such as women in science and the history of Trondheim as a city of knowledge will be treated as well. Teaching methods include lectures, student led seminars and excursions. Guest lectures may be included.

Learning outcome


The student

  • has acquired knowledge of important aspects in the history of chemistry, physics and biology from the scientific revolution up until today
  • is able to view the history of chemistry, physics and biology in context and identify trends in 18th, 19th and 20th century history of science


The student

  • has experience in reading journal articles about the history of science, interpreting the texts and being critical of them
  • is able to present journal articles orally as well as in writing, discuss the contents and connect the texts to the rest of the syllabus
  • has acquired experience in writing a historical text

Compulsory assignments

  • 75 % attendance is required
  • Approved participation during seminars (including presentation)

Further on evaluation

The exam consists of an assignment and a presentation of the assignment. The grade given on the assignment may be adjusted after the presentation.

Course materials

Textbook, book chapters, journal articles as well as primary sources from the 16th through the 20th centuries. In order to include new trends in historiography, the syllabus will vary from year to year.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
RFEL8093 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
RFEL8094 7.5 AUTUMN 2012
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biology
  • Pedagogical knowledge
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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