Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM945: Philosophy of Science

This module descriptor refers to the 2024/5 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

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

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