Courses & Units

Philosophy of Science HPH306

Launceston, Hobart

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Introduction

Science is our most successful attempt to understand the world around us, and it plays an extremely important role in contemporary society. As such, we should not ignore the possibility that science may have something to contribute to traditional philosophical debates about the nature of the world and our place in it. But nor should we, as philosophers or ordinary citizens, ignore the limitations of science and accept everything scientists tell us uncritically. In this unit we cast a philosophical eye over science, considering questions like What is science? What makes something a science rather than a pseudo-science? Are there limits to scientific knowledge? We may also cast a scientific eye on philosophy, considering what science might have to tell us about such issues as what it is to be human, the philosophy of time, the question of design in and of the natural world, and the nature of explanation. This unit will be of interest to philosophy majors, to students studying in a bachelor of science, or to anyone who is interested in the nature of science.

Summary

Unit name Philosophy of Science
Unit code HPH306
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Doctor Richard Corry
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand some of the philosophical issues that lie at the foundations of science.
  • Analyse and critically assess philosophical arguments.
  • Engage with a range of philosophical views, synthesising perspectives to arrive at reflectively formed judgements.
  • Communicate your ideas and reasoning in a clear manner.
  • Appreciate the potential and limitations of scientific and rational enquiry.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
091701 $1,828.00 $858.00 not applicable $1,828.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Requisites

Prerequisites

25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HPA213-A AND HPA356-A AND HPA313-A AND HPA256-A

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

On campus

Weekly lectures (2 hours)

Weekly tutorial (1 hour)

Off campus

Weekly lectures (2 hours)

Weekly online discussion activities

AssessmentTake home exam (40%)|Article summary (15%)|Essay plan (5%)|Essay (40%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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