Postgraduate Module Descriptor
SOCM945: Philosophy of Science
This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)
Dr Adam Toon (Lecturer)
|Available via distance learning|
This module will introduce you to contemporary debates in philosophy of science. It will begin with foundational debates in the field before quickly moving on to engage with cutting-edge work in the field. We will explore topics such as: the nature of scientific reasoning, the nature (and limits) of scientific rationality and objectivity; the relationship between science and its social, technological and political context; the role of theories and models in science; representation in science and art; the nature of scientific understanding; experiment and scientific practice. The module will also consider links between philosophy of science and related disciplines, such as the history and sociology of science. The module assumes no prior background in the field or in any particular sciences