Module: History, Philosophy and Ethics of Science 1
- Contact Hours: 20 hours of lectures and 6 hours of tutorials
- Lecturers: Dr Keith Begley , Prof. Linda Hogan
- ECTS: 5
- Semester: 1
The lectures follow a thematic progression that begins with the early history of science and philosophy and philosophical considerations about knowledge. This provides a context for discussion of scientific justification and method, and of science and truth. The lectures shift focus from epistemological considerations to ethical theories and their applications in science, and then again to metaphysical considerations regarding ontology, identity, emergence, causation and laws of nature.
- Think independently: Appreciates knowledge beyond chosen field. Thinks critically and creatively.
- Communicate effectively: Listens, persuades, and collaborates. Uses communication tools of discipline.
- Develop continuously: Learns and develops through reflection. Adapts to change.
- Act responsibly: Is ethically aware. Is effective in teams. Acts responsibly and on the basis of knowledge.
At the end of this component students will be able to:
- demonstrate critical thinking and independence of judgement.
- investigate philosophical problems related to their discipline.
- use valid argumentation and avoid fallacious reasoning.
- collaborate effectively regarding philosophical problems.
- appraise theory and practice through philosophical reflection.
- adapt to changing evidence and investigate new possibilities informed by philosophical approaches.
- demonstrate ethical awareness and recognise the place of science and philosophy in society.
- operate well both as part of a team and individually, recognising the role of the academic community in upholding standards.
Assessment for Semester 1
Annual and Reassessment are the same:*
- ESSAY ABSTRACT (50-100 WORDS) DUE 2 WEEKS BEFORE EACH ESSAY.
- 2 ESSAYS EACH WORTH 25% OF MODULE (1000 WORDS EACH)
- EXAMINATION (1.5 HOUR) WORTH 50% OF MODULE - 2 EXAM QUESTIONS.
Questions will be published in calendar weeks 3 & 8, respectively. Essays will be due in calendar weeks 10 & 15. A 50–100 word abstract of the focus of each essay will be due two weeks prior to the essay deadline, in calendar weeks 8 & 13.
*If students are required to complete reassessment they are required to complete each failed component of the failed module
Recommended Reading List
- As advised/circulated by lecturer during the lecture series.
- Introductory reading: Lewens, T. (2016) The Meaning of Science. Penguin.
Wordcount for Essays
Essays must not exceed 1,000 words in length. The word count includes footnotes but it does not include the bibliography. Essays that go over the limit by 10% (1,100 words or more) will be liable for a 5 mark deduction.
Late Submission of Essays and Extensions
There will be a 5 mark deduction for each week an abstract or essay is late.
Extensions may be requested on medical or ad misericordiam grounds from Dr Keith Begley but only via your College Tutor. Extensions must be arranged prior to the submission date.
It is mandatory for Fresher students to attend tutorials for Philosophy. If a student misses three or more tutorials in a term, then they are penalised by 10 marks being deducted from the second of their two essays.
Exam Rules and Penalties
Students must attempt to answer at least one question from Section B. Not to do so is to be liable to be penalised by 10 marks for an examination question attempted instead.
Students must not attempt to answer an examination question from Section A that has the same numeral as the question for which they have submitted their first essay. To do so is to be liable to be penalised by 10 marks for the examination question attempted.