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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070128, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2017/18
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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 CANNOT 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 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 COSSARA STEFANO (Presidente)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
MONDINI SARA (Membro Effettivo)
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)

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 exam with open and multiple-choice questions
Assessment criteria: Mastery of the contents discussed during the course
Ability to think critically
Expository clarity and precision
Course unit contents: Logic and arguments
Logical Empiricism
Induction and Confirmation
Karl Popper
Thomas Kuhn
Lakatos, Laudan, Feyerabend
The challenge from the sociology of science
Feminism and Science Studies
Naturalism and the Theory-Ladeness of Observation
The Social Structure of Science
Scientific Realism
An introduction to Bayes’ Theorem
Relativism in philosophy of science
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal and interactive classes integrating elements of the "active learning" paradigm in order to promote students’ participation.
An exam simulation will be organized during the course.
Attending students will be allowed to deliver a personal presentation on topics relevant to the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Not all the chapters of the textbook are required for the exam. 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 via Moodle. Inscription to the Moodle is mandatory and it is strongly recommended to connect regularly.
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