• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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