Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM945: Philosophy of Science

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

Module Aims

To provide a thorough and rigorous discussion of the main issues in contemporary philosophy of science. To foster techniques of analytical and critical inquiry.

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. Understand a range of different theories and approaches in philosophy of science
2. Analyse and evaluate those theories and approaches in a rigorous, informed and critical way
3. Understand the significance of these debates within a broader historical and sociological context.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Appreciate the diversity of different methods used in philosophical research
5. Critically and rigorously evaluate a range of different philosophical styles and approaches
6. Reflect critically upon the relationship between philosophy and other disciplines
Personal and Key Skills7. Engage in complex arguments verbally and in small groups
8. Critically engage with written texts in a clear and rigorous way
9. Present complex ideas to peers and respond to questions in a clear and respectful manner