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POG0070

Vetenskapsfilosofi, Uppsala

Core concepts in philosophy of science: Hypothesis testing, inductivism, explanation and understanding, causation and correlation, positivism and falsificationism, hyopthetico-deductive method

- Overview of the history of scientific inquiry: empiricism, rationalism

- Natural science and social science

- Science and pseudo-science: the demarcation debate

Kursplan

POG0070 Vetenskapsfilosofi, Uppsala, 3,0 Hp

Ämnen

Other Social Science

Utbildningens nivå

Forskarnivå

Förkunskapskrav

A couple of years experience of research desirable.

Mål

The course aims at introducing the students to the topic of philosophy of science and to provide them with intellectual tools for further learning within that area.

Learning outcomes

After the course students should demonstrate the ability to:

• understand the most central concepts in theory and philosophy of science

• apply these ideas to one’s own field of research

• Be aware of some key developments in the history of scientific inquiry

• explain and discuss differences and similarities between different fields of inquiry (e.g. social sciences vs. natural sciences)

Innehåll

Core concepts in philosophy of science: Hypothesis testing, inductivism, explanation and understanding, causation and correlation, positivism and falsificationism, hyopthetico-deductive method

- Overview of the history of scientific inquiry: empiricism, rationalism

- Natural science and social science

- Science and pseudo-science: the demarcation debate

Examinationsformer och fordringar för godkänd kurs

Active participation in exercises, including preparations. Please note that this means that attendance is compulsory.

Short written assignments during the course.



The requirements for attaining different grades and assessment criteria will be made available at the start of the course.

Ytterligare information

Dates 2020:

September 17-18; 24-25; October 7-8; 14-15

Ansvarig institution/motsvarande

Institutionen för Växtproduktionsekologi