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SLE209 - History and Philosophy of Science

Unit details


2016 unit information

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

Morley Muralitharan


Must have passed 4 credit points



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Cloud (online): Equivalent of 2 hours of presentations per week delivered via Cloud (online).


The purpose of this unit is for students to develop knowledge in the history of science, the philosophy of science and the relationship between science, culture, religion, and politics and the role of the technology in the modern world.  This unit will cover the nature of science, the difference between what is considered science and non-science, development of science and modelling and visualization in science and technology.  Students are required to engage in studying science controversies, science as a human endeavour, values and attitudes to science and the future face of science.  Learning assessment activities in this unit will provide students with the opportunity to examine the various themes in the history and philosophy of science and test their ability to engage with the themes. Further, students will collaboratively work with other students and participate in the online class discussions.  Students must work collaboratively, research information, collect, analyse and synthesis information, connect theory with practice in the past and present developments in a range of topics covered in this unit. 


Online class discussions 20%, team presentation of a video/media report 20%, critical analysis 30%, written literature review 30%

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