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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070128, A.A. 2016/17

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Teacher in charge Stefano Cossara

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-FIL/02 Logic and Philosophy of Science 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 27/02/2017
End of activities 01/06/2017
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 COSSARA STEFANO (Presidente)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
MONDINI SARA (Membro Effettivo)
3 2017-1 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 COSSARA STEFANO (Presidente)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
MONDINI SARA (Membro Effettivo)
2 2017 01/10/2016 30/09/2017 COSSARA STEFANO (Presidente)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
MONDINI SARA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: Critical understanding of the historical development of the main trends of thought in XX century philosophy of science and of the most important strands of contemporary discussion
Examination methods: Written, open-questions test in English
Assessment criteria: - Mastery of the contents discussed during the course
- Ability to think critically
- Expository clarity and precision
Course unit contents: - Science and scientific method
- Induction and empirical confirmation
- Popper’s falsifiability
- Empiricism and logical empiricism
- Thomas Kuhn: normal science and scientific revolutions
- After Kuhn: Lakatos, Laudan, Feyerabend
- Challenges to the authority of science: sociology of science, feminism and Science Studies
- Evidence and explanation
- The issue of naturalism
- An overview of the philosophy of psychology
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal and interactive classes encouraging students’ contributions.
The opportunity to organize exercises and students’ presentations will be discussed and evaluated during the course
Additional notes about suggested reading: Additional material in the form of articles or selected chapters, as well as indications on the use of the textbook, will be provided during the course.
Students not attending the course regularly are advised to get in touch with the teacher and to regularly connect on the moodle platform (mandatory inscription)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Godfrey-Smith, Peter, Theory and realityan introduction to the philosophy of sciencePeter Godfrey-Smith. Chicago: The university of Chicago press, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo