Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology (PHL3018)

15 credits

This module will introduce you to different perspectives on the life sciences. You will consider questions about the relation of biology to other sciences, the methods by which scientific knowledge is gained, and some deep problems raised by central biological concepts.  You will gain a detailed knowledge of the central issues, problems, disputes and unresolved questions of the philosophy of biology.  Topics such as evolution, human nature, genes and ecology will be discussed. This module is open for students from different disciplines and may be of particular interest to students of biology.  For those studying biology, you will deepen and enhance your understanding of the living systems you are studying in the central parts of your course.