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Postgraduate Course: Philosophy of Science: Contemporary Debates (PHIL11123)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this course is to offer MSc students an introduction to contemporary debates in philosophy of science. The course will run as a visiting speaker seminar series plus tutorials.
Course description The course will cover a range of key topics in philosophy of science, to be determined by the research specializations of visiting speakers. Each speaker in the seminar series will also guide tutorial discussion of their research with students, providing a springboard for students to probe deeper into the subject matter covered in the seminars. Tutorials will combine analysis of relevant background materials with detailed exploration of ongoing research. Students will conduct in-depth investigation of a chosen topic for the coursework.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 16.5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 168 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of up to 2,500 words on a chosen topic related to one of the speakers' seminars and agreed with the Course Organiser.

Essay deadline: Monday 17th April 2017 by 12 noon
Word limit: 2500 words maximum (excluding references)
Return deadline: Tuesday 9th May 2017
Feedback - tutorials on the same weeks the seminars run
- Students have the opportunity to submit a formative essay by week 6 deadline on Turnitin via Learn. The essay cannot be draft of summative essay but it can be on the same topic.

Formative essay deadline: Thursday 2nd March 2017 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Friday 24th March 2017
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. acquire a well rounded view of contemporary debates in philosophy of science
  2. enhance their critical skills both orally (via Q&A at the speakers seminars) and in writing (via coursework assessment)
Reading List
Readings will be determined by visiting speakers, but typically involve a combination of classic texts and working drafts of current research.

Further information will be confirmed on Learn.
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn
Graduate Attributes and Skills understanding current research;
critical engagement with current topics in writing;
communication with researchers in Q&A;
constructive discussion in tutorial sessions
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will be led by Dr Alistair Isaac, however external speakers will be involved in the course.
KeywordsPhilosophy of Science,Speaker Seminars,Philosophy of Biology,Metaphysics of Science
Course organiserDr Alistair Isaac
Tel: (0131 6)51 5174
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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