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Chance, Coincidence and Chaos

Enrolment code: HPA256/356

Offered: Hobart: summer school, Distance education: semester 2 [by internet]

Unit description:

Is a study of the ‘chance’ world view and its implications for the way we think of ourselves and the universe in which we live. The unit examines the ideas of chance, coincidence and chaos; and the related ideas of reason, probability and purpose. Students study the relevance to these of some startling results of modern science, including Bell’s Theorem, The Anthropic Principle and Chaos Theory; and the implications for the following: our place in the universe, human free will, everyday decision-making and metaphysical reasoning.

Staff Dr P Dowe For information on staff, turn to relevant Faculty website University phone and email search phone    email
Unit weight 12.5% To see normal University Admission requirements
Teaching pattern dist.ed : choice of print-based or web-based delivery; summer school in Hobart is offered internally Timetable
Prerequisites 25% level 100 Philosophy or, where appropriate, 25% 1st-year Science  
Mutual exclusions HPS256/356  
Assessment mode 2,000-word essay (40%), tutorial contribution (20%), 3-hr exam (40%) Examinations timetable (Users will need to know their login name (POP account) and password)
Required texts etc Book of readings available from the School Library Catalogue
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Majors: [Discipline and school information] Philosophy
Logic and Philosophy of Science
Courses Bachelor of Arts (See also combined degrees)  
Faculty website Faculty of Arts  
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