School of History, Art History and Philosophy

Philosophy of Science (V7076)

Philosophy of Science

Module V7076

Module details for 2013/14.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

The philosophy of science explores, among other things, the distinctive character of scientific investigation and of how science progresses, the nature of scientific explanation, laws and evidence, and realism/anti-realism about the entities posited by scientific theories. This module will introduce students to these issues and some of the central arguments involved. It will also explore notions integral to science and the study of it: evidence, induction, falsification, underdetermination, evolution, and different conceptions of space and time.

Module learning outcomes

Present a coherent and detailed understanding of key issues in the philosophy of science.

Analyse key arguments in important texts in the philosophy of science.

Analyse key concepts in the philosophy of science, such as 'natural law', 'explanation' and 'theory'.

Present and defend some independent views with regard to the issues.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ExerciseT2 Week 8 100.00%
Essay (2500 words)End of Year Assessment Week 2 Mon 16:0080.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterSeminar1 hour111111111111
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Miss Priyanka Patel

Assess convenor

Dr Sarah Sawyer

Convenor, Assess convenor

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