Postgraduate Module Descriptor
SOCM945: Philosophy of Science
This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.
To provide a thorough and rigorous discussion of the main issues in contemporary philosophy of science.
To foster techniques of analytical and critical inquiry.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the main realist and anti-realist arguments on the epistemological status of scientific theories; |
2. alternative accounts of the nature of scientific theories;
3. the problem of continuity vs. revolutionary change in the history of science,
4. and its philosophical consequences; the main philosophical theories of confirmation and induction;
5. the role of laboratory experimentation in the production of scientific knowledge.
6. Locate all these issues in the wider debate on philosophical theories of knowledge.
|Discipline-Specific Skills||7. Demonstrate detailed awareness of the methods used by natural and social scientists, and their philosophical 'explication'/justification by philosophers of science.|
8. Criticise and evaluate philosophical theories of knowledge-production from a purely logical viewpoint
9. Use empirical and historical case-studies to enrich and criticise philosophical theories.
|Personal and Key Skills||10. Construct and evaluate ideas.|
11. Formulate and express ideas at different levels of abstraction.
12. Assess and criticise the views of others.