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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL3128: Knowledge, Human Values and Anti-Science

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Aims

In this module, we investigate the relationship between knowledge, science, anti-scientific movements, and socio-political values. You will gain comprehensive knowledge of central issues in the philosophy and sociology of science, such as the question of whether knowledge and science are politically neutral.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate understanding of key issues in the contemporary debate over knowledge, values, and anti-science
2. Critically assess the central positions and arguments concerning the influence of socio-political values in knowledge production, as well as develop original arguments in written form about this influence
3. Demonstrate competency in applying concepts and theories to current events and movements, such as climate change denialism
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Demonstrate an excellent understanding of concepts and theories coming from philosophy, politics, and the social sciences, as well as the capacity to apply to real-world cases
5. Demonstrate competency in critically evaluating philosophical and social scientific positions, arguments, and methods
Personal and Key Skills6. Demonstrate the capacity to produce clear and concise writing
7. Demonstrate competency in integrating, synthesizing, and applying new knowledge
8. Engage in independent research, within a limited time frame, to develop original positions and arguments