History and Philosophy of Science (BACH3127)


This unit is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of science as a specific form of knowledge. It introduces students to the major philosophies of science including empiricism, positivism, hypothetico-deductionism and the work of philosopher Thomas Kuhn. The unit will focus also on scientific method and the qualitative/quantitative methodological distinction with particular attention to the hermeneutic/interpretive research tradition.

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Online (equivalent to 13x2-hr face-to-face lectures)


short answer test (25%) and 1200 wd essay (25%) and 2x multiple choice test (50%)


Chalmers A, (2013) What is This Thing Called Science?, 4th Edition, University of Queensland Press

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