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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070128, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
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)

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: - Understanding the historical development of the main trends of thought in XX century philosophy of science and the most important strands of contemporary discussion
- Mastering the technical jargon of the philosophy of science
- Critical thinking
Examination methods: Written exam including multiple-choice questions, open questions requiring a short reply and a final open question requiring an extensive reply. The exam lasts 90 minutes.
IMPORTANT: students who want to take the exam based on the program of previous years are required to get in touch with the teacher before the exam.
Assessment criteria: - Complete and detailed knowledge of the course contents
- Mastery of the technical jargon of the philosophy of science
- Capacity to identify connections between different authors and topics
- Capacity to articulate a clear, consistent and well-organized discussion of a philosophically relevant topic or author
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 in philosophy
Scientific Realism
Scientific Explanation
The problem of relativism
Philosophy of science and climate change
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal and interactive classes integrating elements of the "active learning" paradigm.
Students are invited to contribute to the lessons (both in real time and via Moodle) and to provide suggestions to improve and orient them.
An exam simulation will be organized during the course.
The possibility for students to prepare group presentations or other contributions will be discussed collectively during the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The course program is partially flexible and will be adapted to a certain extent to the students' interests. Not all the chapters of the textbook are required for the exam. Indications on how to use the textbook will be provided in the Moodle along with extra material (articles and chapters of books).
In the Moodle, students can also find the slides used during the lessons along with related video-explanations, and interactive forums allowing to discuss the topics of the course.
Registering 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

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Action learning
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)
  • Camtasia (video editing)

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