Course contents *
Main concepts and topics in the philosophy of science: knowledge, forms of knowledge denial, explanations, causes, modes of inference, laws, theories, models, reductionism, underdetermination, theory dependence, falsification, demarcation, positivism, scientific values, scientific progress, repeatability.
Main concepts and topics in scientific methodology: observations, experiments, simulations, hypotheses and hypothesis testing, hypothesis generation, validity, reliability, blinding, randomisation, qualitative and quantitative data.
Intended learning outcomes *
After completed course, the student is expected to
- be able to account for, and discuss, main concepts and topics in the philosophy of science,
- be able to account for, and discuss, main concepts and topics in scientific methodology,
- be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different methods for collecting and analysing data in an experimental setting.