God and the Natural Sciences
Subject HPSC20020 (2011)
Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
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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 9 hours each week.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||Knowledge gained through the completion of 75 points of first year subjects in any area.|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||Students who have completed 'God and the natural Science' under any of the codes 136-260, 135-360, 672-332 or HPSC30032 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 studies the complex relationship between religion, theology, and the natural sciences. Theological concerns guided the science of Kepler, Newton and many other early scientists. They held that studying the Universe demonstrated the attributes of God. After Darwin, this view was replaced by radically different ones: to some science and religion are necessarily antagonistic, to others they belong to different realms, to yet others there is a mutually illuminating consonance between the two. We examine this change, the reasoning (good and bad) behind it and its residues, including some modern debates: "Anthropic Principle", multiple universes, and such scientific/philosophical issues such as "Why are the laws of nature what they are?" Finally, we explore the relationship between the "personal God" of religious experience and the "philosophers God" posited to explain facts about the natural world.
Students who successfully complete this subject should...
|Assessment:||Written work totaling 4000 words comprising one 750-word paper 19% (due week 5); one 1250-word paper 31% (due week 8); and one 2000-word final paper 50% (due during the examination period). 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.|
A subject reader will be available from the University Bookstore at the beginning of semester and Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction (Ed. by Ferrigan)
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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.
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Students who successfully complete this subject should
|Links to further information:||http://www.pasi.unimelb.edu.au/hps/|
|Notes:||This subject is available for 2nd year science credit for students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 degree only), or a combined BSc course (except for the BA/BSc). For 3rd year science (pre 2008 only) see HPSC30032. HPSC30032 is not available as breadth see: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2010/755-BB|
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Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
|Related Breadth Track(s):||
Science and its Margins |
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