- Code PHIL2042
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Philosophy
- Areas of interest Philosophy, Mathematics, Science
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Phil Dowe
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities will also be available.
A course for science or non-science students jointly offered by Mathematics and Philosophy that aims to provide a conceptual understanding of some of the many faces of the large-scale universe.
We will discuss general issues relating to the nature of philosophy and science, space and time, and the universe as a whole. The main topics of the course are: the overall structure of the observable universe; space and time; relativity; black holes; phenomena and reality; and anthropic principles. Each topic will be introduced in a historical context emphasising how it has evolved over time and is still evolving.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand in outline of the history of cosmology, and of contemporary cosmology.
- demonstratea conceptual understanding of relativity theory and quantum mechanics.
- appreciate that many of the theories underlying modern cosmology are contentious.
- understand of what would be involved in further study in philosophy of science, and in cosmology.
- make a habit of educated questioning of scientific orthodoxy.
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 4,5]
- Essay, 1000 words (20) [LO 1]
- Essay, 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Exam, 2 hours, during the examination period (30) [LO 1,2,3]
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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 tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.
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