Undergraduate Module Descriptor


PHL3011: Philosophy of Science

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.

Overview

NQF Level6
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Andrew Pickering (Lecturer)

Pre-requisites

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN PHL3026 THEN YOU CANNOT TAKE THIS MODULE

Co-requisites
Available via distance learning

No

This module introduces you to key debates in the philosophy of science. It draws on canonical texts and historical examples and case studies, running from classic philosophical arguments in the 1960s about the status of scientific knowledge up to recent work in science and technological studies that brings in the practical and social dimensions of science. The module also covers relations between history, sociology and philosophy of science, as well as issues of ontology and politics. The course is a seminar based on discussions of assigned readings. It has no prerequisites and is suitable for non-specialist students in the social and natural sciences, the humanities and engineering, and is highly appropriate for students following interdisciplinary pathways. It leads directly into PHL/SOC 3074, ‘Cyborg Studies,’ to be taught in term 2.

Module created

22/2/2013

Last revised

28/1/2013