• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy, Physics
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Philip Dowe
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course considers philosophical questions arising from modern physics. Topics include the philosophical significance of the theory of relativity and the philosophy of space and time, the significance and interpretation of quantum mechanics, and the relationship between these two theories. Other topics may include issues in modern cosmology and/or statistical physics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of, in qualitative outline, the major theories of modern physics.
  2. Identify philosophical issues in modern physics.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of conceptual issues in the foundations of quantum theory and relativity.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of arguments for and against contentious views in the philosophy of physics.
  5. Articulate positions and arguments in discussions.

Other Information

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of courses towards a degree, and at least 6 units of PHIL courses or at least 6 units of PHYS courses.

Indicative Assessment

1 x 2000 word essay (40%) (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4)
1 x 2500 word essay (50%) (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4)
Tutorial participation (10%) (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 11 hours of tutorials; and,
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
10204 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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