* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).
This is an introduction to the philosophy of science. Beginning with classical empiricist approaches to science, the unit will study the work of the logical positivists, Popper, Lakatos, Kuhn, Quine and other major figures. Further topics may include scientific explanation, scientific law, varying interpretations of probability and the realism/instrumentalism debate. This unit will be particularly relevant to students taking the combined BA-BSc as well as to BA students taking the Logic and the Philosophy of Science major.
ASSESSMENT: 2 x 750 word short assignments (15% each), 1,500 word essay (30%), 2-hour exam (40%)
FLEXIBLE & ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS Note: Class attendance may still be required
Web supported - H,L,W,I,N Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
Resource supported teaching & learning - H,L,W,I,N Additional resources are provided for your optional use; e.g. audio taped lectures
Video conferencing - H A live video link between campuses is used for at least some teaching in this unit
About Flexible Study Options
Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.
Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.