• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy, Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Philip Dowe
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course addresses a range of philosophical problems raised by scientific knowledge and explanation. The problems examined fall into roughly two kinds: one about the methods of science, and the other a philosophical consideration of how science explains our world. 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 explanation, causation, and probability.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills 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; and
  5. articulate positions and arguments in discussions.

Indicative Assessment

Essay, 1000 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 3, 4
Assignment, 1000 words (20%) Learning outcomes 2, 3
Essay, 2000 words (50%) Learning outcomes 2, 3, 4
Tutorial participation (10%) Learning outcomes 1-5 
 
   

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3151 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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