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HPSC4101: Philosophy of Science

This unit of study explores a variety of issues in philosophy of science. It uses a range of examples from different sciences (e.g., physics, biology, chemistry) to examine theories, models, concepts, and the various tools that are considered part of the scientific method. Students will learn how to apply this philosophical analysis of science to historical and contemporary findings, as well as to their own research.

Code HPSC4101
Academic unit History and Philosophy of Science Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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12 credit points of HPSC3XXX or PHIL3XXX or HSTY3XXX
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the basic theoretical develoments in a specific field of science and their philosophical implications
  • LO2. demonstrate knowledge and insight into the philosophical underpinnings of a variety of scientific theories and understand their importance in the development of our knowledge of the world
  • LO3. understand the development of contemporary positions in the philosophy of science and one specific field within science
  • LO4. demonstrate the ability to apply philosophical principles in the analysis of a specific field of science and science more generally
  • LO5. present and defend an academic talk
  • LO6. write a large scale research essay in a publishable form.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.