Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 3 (2x 1 hour lectures each week and 1x 1 hour tutorial in weeks 2-12) |
Total Time Commitment:
An average of 8.5 hours each week.
Students enrolling in this subject must have completed at least two of the following subjects before enrolling in HPSC30002
HPSC20010 Intimacy and Technology
HPSC20020 God and the Natural Sciences
PHIL20001 Science, Reason and Reality
HPSC20015 Astronomy in World History
|Recommended Background Knowledge:|| |
Knowledge gained from the successful completion of at least two subjects in 2nd year HPS.
|Non Allowed Subjects:||
Students who have completed PHIL20001 Science Reason and Reality or 136-033, 136-333 or 672316 are not permitted to enrol in this subject
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
This subject addresses some of the central issues in the philosophy of science. It will raise questions such as: What is the difference between science and non-science? Is there a universal scientific method? Or do the methods employed by scientists vary historically? Is scientific theory change a rational process? Is science objective? Do scientific theories inform us of the truth about the world? Students who take this class will have knowledge of the major themes of recent and contemporary philosophical thinking about science. They will also have experience of the methods of critical analysis and argument employed in the philosophy of science and a background on which to base further study in the area.
Students who successfully complete this subject will:
Written work totalling 4000 words comprising a 1500-word essay 30% (due mid-semester) and a 2500-word essay 70% (due at the end of semester). This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% tutorial attendance. Regular participation in tutorials is required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day, after 5 working days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
Peter Godfrey-Smith, Theory and Reality, Univerity of Chicago Press, 2003.
A subject reader will also be available.
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject is only available to pre 2008 science students for credit at third year level. Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 degree only), or a combined BSc course (except for the BA/BSc) will receive science credit for the completion of this subject. For second year cedit see PHIL20001. This subject is not available as Breadth for new Gen students.
History and Philosophy of Science (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science) |
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
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