• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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In this course, we will address a range of philosophical problems raised by scientific knowledge and its status. The problems examined will fall into roughly two kinds, one about the methods of science, and the other philosophical puzzles about what science describes. Problems of the first kind include the justification of scientific inferences, the connection between observation and theory, and how to understand progress in science. Problems of the second kind include puzzles about laws of nature, causation and probability.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Identify philosophical issues about the methods of science.

2. Understand and explain puzzles about what science describes and seeks to explain.

3. Evaluate some rival theories about scientific method and the metaphysics of science.

4. Understand arguments for and against contentious views in the philosophy of science.

5. Articulate positions and arguments in discussions.

Indicative Assessment

One 2,000 word essay, 40% (Learning outcomes 1, 3, and 4)

One 2,000 word essay 50% (Learning outcomes 2, 3 and 4)

Tutorial participation 10% (Learning outcomes 1-5)

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Workload

2 hours of lectures/week, plus 1 hour of tutorials (weeks 2-13), plus 7 hours a week private study and assessment preparation.


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of courses towards a degree.

Assumed Knowledge

Students will be expected to either have a background in one or more philosophy subjects, or one or more science subjects, or a mixture (i.e. one philosophy and one science).  For these purposes, philosophy courses include MATH1042.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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

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Student Contribution 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
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3132
2006 $3132
2007 $3132
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8820 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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