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SLE209 - History and Philosophy of Science

Unit details


2017 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Janine Mc Burnie


Must have passed 4 credit points of Science units



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Cloud (online): 2 hours weekly via CloudDeakin, plus self-paced learning activities.


Students often see science as a set of facts and not as a process for making sense of the natural and physical world. Today’s science is built on ways of thinking that were developed centuries ago. The purpose of this unit is for students to develop knowledge of the history and philosophy of science and the relationship between science and the society. Students will review controversies in science, examine science as a human endeavour, explore different values and attitudes to science and explain how science influences our world. Learning assessment activities in this unit will allow students to recognise the evolution of science and its role in the advancement of our society. Working collaboratively, students will research, collect and analyse information around how people enact science from discovery through to practice, through to application, through to understanding in this unit. They will learn the importance of the scientific process, and methods in the development ideas and theories.


Weekly quiz 20%, individual report to a media group 20%, essay 30%, group wiki and conference presentation 30%

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