Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM945: Philosophy of 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:

  • Introduction
  • Popper
  • Kuhn
  • The Sociology of Scientific Knowledge
  • Social epistemology
  • Science and values
  • Theories and models
  • Scientific representation
  • Understanding
  • Experiment
  • Practice

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 Teaching Activities2211 x 2 hours per week comprising of lectures and seminars
Guided independent study278Independent study

Online Resources

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