Postgraduate Module Descriptor
SOCM002B: Philosophy of the Social Sciences
This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.
Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:
- What is philosophy of social science?
- Social and institutional ontology: the nature and conditions of the social and cultural world
- Holism and individualism: the nature of collective action and collective responsibility
- Structure and agency: social determinism and individual agency
- Realism and social constructionism: the debate over reality and social construction (race, class, gender, sexuality, scientific knowledge)
- The Idea of a social science: the Wittgensteinian critique and its critics
- Does explanation and understanding excuse or justify?
- Social science, ethics and the fact-value distinction
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity||22||11 x 2 hour lectures/seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||10||Time preparing for 750 word summary|
|Guided Independent Study||68||Time doing weekly readings|
|Guided Independent Study||100||Time preparing summative essay 1|
|Guided Independent Study||100||Time preparing summative essay 2|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).
ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages