1. Methodology in the Natural and Social Sciences – is there a scientific method, demarcation of science from non-science, should method differ between nat and soc sciences, observation and theory-ladenness, experiment, induction, falsification, underdetermination, confirmation, naturalism, hermeneutics, reductionism, probability, theory change and progress in science.
2. Explanation in the Natural and Social Sciences – functional and structural explanation, rational choice explanation, social explanation and methodological individualism, causation, relationship between evidence and theory, justification, prediction, incommensurability, explanation of human behaviour and social structures, practices, institutions.
3.Objectivity in the Natural and Social Sciences – is objectivity possible? Is objectivity a desirable goal in the natural and social sciences? How do conceptions of objectivity affect conceptions of fact and value in the natural and social sciences?
4. Ontology in the Natural and Social Sciences- realism and antirealism, relationship between models and reality, existence of unobservables, social construction, metaphysical status of social structures.
5. Controversies in the Natural and Social Sciences – looking at e.g. anthropology, economics, evolutionary psychology, physics, biology, ecology, neuroscience.
The course will employ a combination of instructional methods, which may include lecture and discussion, student presentations, videos, or breakout activities.
Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific criteria during the first week of classes.
Any possible combination of the following which equals 100%:
Tests, quizzes, short written assignments 20% - 50%
Written class presentations, essays, essay exams 30% - 60%
Instructor's general evaluation 0% - 20%
(may include attendance, class participation,
group work, homework, etc.)
Three 10% tests: 30%
Two 30% essays: 60%
The general objectives of the course are:
Specific learning outcomes: by the end of the course, successful students should be able to:
Philosophy of Science. Gillian Barker and Philip Kitcher, Oxford University Press, 2013.
The Philosophy of Science: Science and Objectivity. S George Couvalis, Sage Publications, 1997.
Philosophy of Science: The Central Issues. Martin Curd and J .A. Cover, W.W. Norton and Co, inc., 1998.
Why Beliefs Matter: Refections on the Nature of Science. E. Brian Davies, Oxford University Press,
Theory and Reality. Peter Godfrey-Smith, University of Chicago Press, 2003.
The Philosophy of Social Science Reader. by Francesco Guala and Daniel Steel, Taylor and Francis, 2013.
The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velinkovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe. Michael D.
Gordin, University of Chicago Press, 2012.
The Nature of Science: Problems and Perspectives. Edwin Hung, Wadsworth, 1996.
Philosophy of Science Complete: A Text on Traditional Problems and Schools of Thought. Edwin
Hung, Wadsworth, 2013.
The Sage Handbook of the Philosophy of Social Sciences. Ian C. Jarvie and Jesus Zamora-Bonil|a, Sage,
A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Science. John Losee, Oxford University Press, 2001.
Philosophies of Science: From Foundations to Contemporary Issues. Jennifer McErlean, Wadsworth,
Philosophy of Social Science: A Contemporary Introduction. Mark Risjord, Routledge, 2014.
Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction. Alex Rosenberg, Routledge, 2011.
Philosophy of Pseudoscience. Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudiy, University of Chicago Press,
The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science, 2nd. edition. by Stathis Psillos and Martin Curd.
Taylor and Francis, 2013.
No prerequisite courses.
No corequisite courses.
No equivalent courses.
This course is not required for any other course.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Alexander College (ALEX)||ALEX PHIL 1XX (3)||2018/01/01 to -|
|Athabasca University (AU)||AU PHIL 2XX (3)||2018/01/01 to -|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU PHIL 120 (3)||2018/01/01 to -|
|College of the Rockies (COTR)||COTR PHIL 1XX (3)||2018/01/01 to -|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG PHIL 1103 (3)||2018/01/01 to -|
|North Island College (NIC)||NIC PHI 1XX (3)||2018/01/01 to -|
|Okanagan College (OC)||OC PHIL 1XX (3)||2018/01/01 to -|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU PHIL 144 (3), B-Hum/Sci||2018/01/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU PHIL 1XXX (3), May not take PHIL 2400 for additional credit.||2017/05/01 to -|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU PHIL 380 (3)||2017/09/01 to -|
|University Canada West (UCW)||UCW PHIL 1XX (3)||2018/01/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV PHIL 125 (3)||2018/01/01 to -|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC PHIL 1XX (3)||2018/01/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV PHIL 1XX (3)||2018/01/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC PHIL 1XX (1.5)||2018/01/01 to -|
|Vancouver Community College (VCC)||No credit||2017/09/01 to -|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU PHIL 1st (3)||2018/01/01 to -|