HFIK04041U FILO Science and Society
Kandidatuddannelsen i Filosofi, 2019-ordningen:
Videnskab og Samfund: HFIK04041E
Kandidattilvalg på filosofi, 2019-ordningen
Videnskab og Samfund: HFIK14041E
The course provides students with knowledge and understanding of
- models of explanation and understanding, scientific evidence and confirmation, the roles played by values, and scientific objectivity in contemporary philosophy of science
- core scientific methodologies in natural sciences (e.g. physics, biology, and neuroscience) and social sciences (e.g. cognitive psychology, sociology, anthropology, and linguistics) with special attention to experimental, observational, and qualitative research methods
- the use of scientific explanations, models, and results in public debates and political decision-making
- the role of science in democratic societies.
The course trains students’ abilities to
- account critically for positions and discussions in recent philosophy of science concerning explanation, evidence, values or objectivity
- apply philosophical arguments and theories to the understanding of key aspects of scientific methodology and practice
- use philosophical arguments to evaluate the use of science in society
The course trains competencies to identify good and bad scientific arguments and conclusions, as well as to provide a clear and well-argued written and oral presentation of complex, socially relevant issues.
We will read articles and book chapters by contemporary philosophers of science (e.g. E. Sober, N. Cartwright, P. Godfrey-Smith, and H.E. Longino) and critically evaluate and assess concrete discussions and cases in politics, debates about race, evolutionary biology, and psychology.
- Class Instruction
- Course Preparation
Credit transfer students from other faculties or universities in Denmark:
Application deadline: 1 June 2019 to email@example.com
Application procedure: http://humanities.ku.dk/education/credit-transfer-students/
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination