- Code PHIL2082
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Philosophy
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Philosophy
- Areas of interest Philosophy, Biology
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Rachael Brown
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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This course examines biology at a general, conceptual level. Topics include the diversity of life on (and off) Earth, what biology can tell us about human nature, how to understand the role of adaptation and evolutionary theory more generally in the biological sciences and the role of biology in conservation efforts.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand current conceptual issues in evolutionary biology and genetics;
- Appreciate of some of the methods of philosophy of science; and,
- Critically question scientific orthodoxy.
This course can be counted as a Group B course towards a degree of Bachelor of Science.
Two short exercises (1000 words each) each worth 25% of the total mark for the course: total 50%. [Learning Outcomes 1-3]
One essay of 3000 words: 50%. [Learning Outcomes 1-3]
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Workload130 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
Very little actual knowledge will be assumed, but an interest in biology and an ability to pick up a smattering of biology quickly will be assumed. Students who have not taken biology to at least high school level should contact the lecturer before enrolling.
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