2007 HPA256 Philosophy and Cosmology

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HPA356


Unit Sem 1 Sem 2 Full Yr Spring Summer Winter
HPA256 H,L

Key Semester Dates
Semester Campus Attendance Note Start Date Census Date Final WW Date* End Date
Sem 2 H On Campus 16-JUL-2007 10-AUG-2007 03-SEP-2007 19-OCT-2007
Sem 2 L On Campus 16-JUL-2007 10-AUG-2007 03-SEP-2007 19-OCT-2007

* 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).

Offered in Courses: [R3A]
This unit can be taken in other courses
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The science of cosmology concerns the study of the origin and structure of the universe as a whole. This study leads to some profound philosophical questions. Where did the universe come from? What are laws of nature and how do they work? Does time only go in one direction? Is the universe 'fine-tuned' for life by God. Is everything just a matter of chance? What would it mean to try to explain the existence and nature of the universe anyway? This unit deals with some of these central questions in the philosophy of cosmology. The unit may examine the nature of scientific theories (such as Relativity Theory), physical causation, the philosophy of time, the question of design in and of the natural world, the nature of explanation, and the relation between physics and philosophy. This unit will be particularly relevant to students taking the combined BA-BSc as well as to BA students taking the Logic and Philosophy of Science major.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: 2 short assignment tasks(10% each), 2,000 word essay (40%), 2 hour exam (40%)

TEACHING PATTERN: 2 hrs lectures weekly, 1 tutorial fortnightly (13 wks) - Semester 2

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - L,H
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
   Video conferencing - H
A live video link between campuses is used for at least some teaching in this unit
About Flexible Study Options

Prereq 25% level 100 Philosophy or, where appropriate, 25% 1st-year Science
M.Excl HPS256/356

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STAFF: Dr G Wood

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