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  Goals of the Initiativkolleg
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Goals of the Initiativkolleg

For the first time the University of Vienna offers a Ph.D. program in this field, to be completed in six semesters. The aims of the program are: to offer a structured interdisciplinary curriculum in History and Philosophy of Science with the collaboration of international visitors, and to make possible the joint supervision of dissertations by historians/historians and philosophers of science and natural scientists/mathematicians.

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Curriculum

The doctoral program "The Sciences in Historical Context" will last six semesters and be divided into three phases:

Phase I: Introduction, Orientation, Methods (2 semesters)
Phase II: Research (3 semesters)
Phase III: Dissertation Completion and Final Examination (1 semester).

Languages of instruction will be German and English.

Phase I: Introduction, Orientation, Methods (1st and 2nd semesters)

1st Semester (6 hours of instruction)
Introductory Workshop during the first week of the Winter Semester (not for credit, but required for all Kolleg students and faculty).
Guided Readings: "Classic Texts in History and Philosophy of Science" (2 hours)
Methods Course (2 hours)
Research Colloquium (DissertantInnenseminar): "Historical Science Studies" (2 hours)

Parallel to these courses the Kollegiate seek out dissertation advisors (one historian and one natural scientist) and develop a dissertation prospectus in collaboration with them, to be presented in the second semester of the program.

2nd semester (6 hours of instruction)
Guided Reading: "Readings of Contemporary Texts in the Natural Sciences" (2 hours).
Methods Course: "Interpretation of Historical Texts and Sources from the Natural Sciences" (2 hours).
Research Colloquium (DissertantInnenseminar): "Historical Science Studies" (2 hours) Presentation of prospectuses.

Phase II: Research (3rd to 5th semesters)

3rd semester (2 hours of instruction)
Research Colloquium (DissertantInnenseminar): "Historical Science Studies" (2 hours)
If desired or deemed desirable by advisors, students may take additional research seminars (4 hours) or regular seminars (2 hours) from the ordinary university curriculum.

4th and 5th semesters
Research Colloquium (DissertantInnenseminar): "Historical Science Studies" (2 hours)

Phase III: Dissertation Completion and Final Examination (6th semester)

Research Colloquium (DissertantInnenseminar): "Historical Science Studies" (2 hours) Kollegiate are required to present a final report on the results of their dissertations. Presentation of completed dissertations, doctoral examinations (public defense). Exit interview with advisors and program director regarding publication strategy and career planning.

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Workshops

During the Initiativkolleg an advanced workshop will be offered each summer, with visiting scholars from outside Austria. Topics will be coordinated with the already existing "International Summer University," and places reserved for Kollegiate. The topic for 2007 will be "Consensus in the Sciences."

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Research and studies abroad

If the respective dissertation topic requires study or research outside Austria, this can be organized after appropriate consultation with the dissertation advisors in one of two ways:

  1. through the Erasmus program of the European Union (up to one semester), preferably in cooperation with one of the IK's international collaborators;
  2. as a research visit to a relevant location.

In either case, travel funding will be provided by the Kolleg.

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