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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 Content

Syllabus Plan

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:

  • The Value-Free Ideal of Science
  • What makes Science objective?
  • What Values should influence Science?
  • When should we suspend trust in science or deny it?
  • What makes something “anti-science”?
  • Science and Democracy: Should science be democratic? Should democracy defend science?

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Weekly 2-hour lectures/seminars or 1 hour lecture + 1 hour seminar.
Guided Independent Study 83Private research in preparation for essay writing and blog post. Instructions will be given via ELE.
Guided Independent Study 45Private study: reading the assigned material for classes and additional readings

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

  • ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages