Syllabus for Good and Bad Science
God och dålig vetenskap
- 10 credits
- Course code: 5FT141
- Education cycle: Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Theoretical Philosophy A1N
Explanation of codes
The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:
- G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
- G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
- G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
- GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
- A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
- AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
- Established: 2021-08-25
- Established by:
- Revised: 2021-08-25
- Revised by: The Department Board
- Applies from: Spring 2022
Fulfilment of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree
- Responsible department: Department of Philosophy
After completing this course, students should:
- understand and apply basic concepts of the philosophy of science
- have developed the foundations for the critical investigation of scientific claims
- be able to distinguish between science and pseudoscience
- be able to distinguish between good and bad science in different disciplines
- be able to discuss and compare the methodological requirements and challenges of different disciplines
- understand the role of knowledge in society and the responsibilities in the application of knowledge.
Science is central to modern life and arguably central to the survival of humanity, which makes it so much worse that there is so much bad science. This course illuminates what makes for good (and bad) science and science communication from different perspectives, covering the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. The lectures are designed for discussions, and the seminars provide practical experience with the developing, testing, and communicating of theories. The lectures and seminars are given by experts in their respective fields.
Lectures and seminars. The language of instruction is English.
Mandatory seminars, homework, written examination.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.
- Latest syllabus (applies from Spring 2022, version 2)
- Previous syllabus (applies from Spring 2022, version 1)
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