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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[30/35]  COMMUNICATION SCIENCE [35/00 - Ord. 2014]  PERCORSO COMUNE 12 60


Training objectives:
1. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS 'UNDERSTANDING: learning the basic notions of the history of science in the modern age (XVth-XVIIth centuries). Thus, students will be guided to understand essential outlines of the epochal process commonly known as "the Scientific revolution". To this end the course will take into account the thought of major figures in the history of science such as Copernicus, Galilei, Kepler, Bacon, Torricelli, Harvey, Descartes, Boyle, Newton.
2. APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: students should be able to read and understand texts related to the history of modern science.
3. MAKING JUDGEMENTS: the course aims to encourage students to formulate personal opinions about the treated topics.
4. COMMUNICATION SKILLS: students should be able to properly express what they have learned,
5. LEARNING SKILLS: students should grasp some key concepts of historical discourse, such as the notions of “diachrony”, “temporality”, “contextualization”.
6. SKILLS EXPECTED: students should learn a historical approach, acquiring awareness of the historical nature of scientific thought and its connections with cultural, social, economical, and political contexts.


The course does not need specific prerequisites. Students with a basic proficiency in history and science will attend the course without major problems.
Lessons attendance, as well as a regular interaction with the teacher, will allow students to easily understand the topics at issue.


The course will be taught in a semester block, and it will be divided in two stages.
The first one will be devoted to general account of the matter, with lessons focused on the following topics:

- The Scientific Renaissance
- Copernicus and the astronomical revolution
- The birth of modern physics
- The post-Copernican debate in astronomy
- The emergence of scientific institutions
- The mechanical philosophy
- The Newtonian synthesis

The second stage will be devoted to study the relationship between science and democracy.

Teaching Methods

The course will be taught through an e-learning system. It comprises also a frontally taught part, consisting in 20 hours of lessons. All the lessons will be available on the internet.

Verification of learning

AsAssessment of students' learning will be conducted through oral exams.

Students should demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of that main aspects at issue, as well as ability in developing pertinent analysis of the topics treated in the course.


The e-learning platform will provide students with multimedia materials devoted to illustrate the main subjects at issue.
In order to go deeper into the matter, students are also requested to study the following books:

- A. CLERICUZIO, La macchina del mondo. Teorie e pratiche scientifiche dal Rinascimento a Newton, Roma, Carocci, 2015, capp. 1 (pp. 21-58); 2, (pp. 59-87); 3 (pp. 101-143); 4 (pp. 167-186); 5 (pp. 187-220); 7 (pp. 253-308); 8 (pp. 315-324).

- M. DORATO, Disinformazione scientifica e democrazia. La competenza dell’esperto e l’autonomia del cittadino, Milano, Raffaello Cortina Editore, 2019.

If requested, foreign students attending the course (e.g., Erasmus students) can be provided alternative references in English. In this case their knowledge will be tested in English.. For specific information they should address an e-mail to

More Information

Students can arrange an appointment with the teacher by e-mailing to:

Office location: Studio n. 5, first floor.
E-mail address:
Skype address: michele.camerota

Students with special needs may benefit from a Disabled Office ( that certifies their difficulties in order to arrange individualized programs and can suggest specific learning methods.

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