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BASS Philosophy and Criminology / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Philosophy of Social Science
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course will survey some issues that are shared by all of the social sciences and some that are specific to economics and history. Topics covered will include the problem of reflexive predictions, the role of causal explanation in social science and its relation to functional, structural and narrative explanations; reductionism and 'methodological individualism'; the supposed dichotomy of explanation and understanding; conceptual issues in rational choice theory; values, ideology and objectivity in social science.
The course aims to:
- provide students with a detailed understanding of some of the issues that make up philosophy of social science.
- to help students come to terms with some central texts in the field
- encourage students to think through these issues for themselves and arrive at well-argued conclusions
On successful completion of this course unit, students will be able to demonstrate:
- a critical understanding of some of the disputes that make up philosophy of social science.
- a thorough knowledge of some of the central texts of the field
- an ability to write concisely, relevantly and analytically about the issues raised, both in an essay and under examination conditions
Teaching and learning methods
One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week.
67% - EXAMINATION
33% - ASSESSED ESSAY
H. Kincaid, Philosophical Foundations of the Social Sciences (Cambridge: CUP, 1996), or M. Hollis, The Philosophy of Social Science (Cambridge: CUP, 1994)
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|Assessment written exam||2|
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|Thomas Uebel||Unit coordinator|
Pre-requisites: 40 PHIL credits at Level 2