PNG0089 Foundational philosophy of ecology - an introduction, 3.0 Credits
No Level Indicated
Pass / Failed
The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.
Admitted to PhD studies
The main aim of the course is to discuss fundamental questions underlying the field of ecology and how they affect ecological research and its application. The course will discuss some basic philosophy of science and ethics, but will be mainly focusing on ethical related to the foundational philosophy of ecology.
The course will consist of 5 seminars, reading and assignments.
When finalizing the course, participants will be able to:
- List and describe central concepts in theory and philosophy of science related to ecology
- Describe and discuss central questions to society related issues like; what is nature and how does this relate to biological conservation
- explain some possibilities and pitfalls at the intersection of science/scholarship and societal decision making
- describe and discuss the contents of some codes of professional conduct and their ethical underpinnings
- identify cases of scientific misconduct and suggest strategies for dealing with suspected cases of misconduct.
Formats and requirements for examination
Students will pass the course if they have handed in all assignments prior to the connected seminar and have attended 4 out of 5 seminars and fulfilled a replacement assignment in case they miss one seminar. In addition, the students will write half A4 about the topic they would like to discuss, describe the general background with particular emphasis on the ethical site.
find more info at the Ecology research school’s web page: https://www.slu.se/en/graduate-schools/ecology-basics-and-applications/
Department of Ecology