Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject is not offered in 2011.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 3 (2x 1 Hour Lectures and 1x 1 hour tutorial each week.) |
Total Time Commitment: An average of 8 hours per week.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None.|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None.|
|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/|
|Subject Overview:||Is there a good way to decide which ideas, theories and practices belong to science and which do not? This so-called demarcation problem is a central issue in the philosophy of science. As modern societies rely on science, in our daily lives as well as in policy decisions, this issue is much more than an academic debate: Which kind of evidence should we trust and which kind of research should we spend money on? On the other hand, should we discard knowledge that does not fulfil the standards of science? Is it justified to call such knowledge fields 'pseudoscience'? Does a demarcation between scientific and non-scientific knowledge say anything about the truth of both kinds of knowledge? This subject will discuss which (if any) criteria we should use to distinguish between science and non-science. In particular, we will scrutinise the claims for a scientific basis of various ideas and fields of knowledge, among them Newtonian gravitation, astrology, acupuncture, Darwinian evolution, creationism, and the Continental drift theory.|
Students who have successfully completed the subject will
|Assessment:||Tutorial assignments (worth 30%), a 1500 word essay during the semester (worth 30%) and a 1 hour written examination (worth 40%). 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. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.|
|Prescribed Texts:||A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop at the start of semester.|
|Recommended Texts:||Alan F. Chalmers, What is this thing called Science? 3rd edition, St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1999.|
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Students who successfully complete this subject will:
|Links to further information:||http://www.pasi.unimelb.edu.au/hps/|
History and Philosophy of Science |
History and Philosophy of Science
History and Philosophy of Science
History and Philosophy of Science Major
|Related Breadth Track(s):||
Science and its Margins |
Science and Society
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