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BK3 Theory of natural science (NIB-B-2016)

International Bachelor Study Programme in Natural Science
basic course
Teaching language

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Objectives description (assessment criteria)

the objectives of the course are to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of: • aspects of the natural sciences seen from the perspective of the theory of science • philosophical, historical, didactical and ethical aspects of natural science

as well as students’ skills to • select and apply relevant literature, including literature on the theory of science and original science literature • describe a science area or problem in a way that allows an analysis of and reflection on the area/problem within in the context of the theory of science • to present his/her investigations of and reflections on natural science and its role and function in education, research and application.

Overall content

the main structure of the course is the study and analysis of a number of themes from philosophy and science studies with corresponding cases. the content includes traditional positions within philosophy of science, such as logical positivism, Kuhn's theory of scientific revolutions and Popper's falsificationism, as well as core notions such as pseudo science, empiricism, realism, objectivity, truth, reality and ethics.

Teaching and working methods

Lectures as well as group work on reports for the cases

Course material and reading list

A collection of texts available on Moodle.

Prerequisite for taking the exam

at the assessment of the fulfillment of the objective, the focus is on 1. active end commited participation 2. analytical skills 3. ability to see the natural sciences from a philosophical and science studies perspective.

And six group assignments submitted on time and approved. It’s possible to submit group assignments again, however that will include an extra exercise to be answered.

Form of examination

written exam

Form of re-examination

Information regarding the re-exam will be up on moodle as we get closer to the date

Examination type
Individual examination
Pass / No pass
Internal (i.e. course lecturer and an internal examiner assess)
Evaluation- and feedback forms

there will be feedback on the assignments which are set during the course. an electronic evaluation will take place at the end of the course

The responsible course lecturer
Morten Blomhøj (blomhoej@ruc.dk)
Martin Niss (maniss@ruc.dk)
Torben Braüner (torben@ruc.dk)
Hans Ramløv (hr@ruc.dk)
Martin Niss (maniss@ruc.dk)
Torben Braüner (torben@ruc.dk)
Hans Ramløv (hr@ruc.dk)
Administration of exams
Natbach Studieadministration (natbach-studieadministration@ruc.dk)
STADS stamdata
Belastning : 5 ECTS Aktivitetskode : U24762
Prøveform : skriftlig Bedømmelse : Bestået/ikke bestå Censur : Intern censur
Last changed 14/06/2018

lecture list:

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Monday 04-09-2017 10:15 - 04-09-2017 12:00 in week 36
1. session

Thursday 07-09-2017 08:15 - 07-09-2017 10:00 in week 36
2. session

Friday 08-09-2017 10:15 - 08-09-2017 12:00 in week 36
3. session

Friday 15-09-2017 08:15 - 15-09-2017 10:00 in week 37
4. session

Friday 22-09-2017 15:15 - 22-09-2017 17:00 in week 38
5. session

Friday 29-09-2017 10:15 - 29-09-2017 12:00 in week 39
6. session

Friday 06-10-2017 10:15 - 06-10-2017 12:00 in week 40
7. session

Friday 13-10-2017 10:15 - 13-10-2017 12:00 in week 41
8. session

Friday 20-10-2017 10:15 - 20-10-2017 12:00 in week 42
9. session

Friday 27-10-2017 10:15 - 27-10-2017 12:00 in week 43
10. session

Friday 03-11-2017 10:15 - 03-11-2017 12:00 in week 44
11. session

Friday 10-11-2017 10:15 - 10-11-2017 12:00 in week 45
12. session

Friday 17-11-2017 10:00 - 17-11-2017 12:00 in week 46

Monday 29-01-2018 10:00 - 29-01-2018 12:00 in week 05
Reexam BK3 Local 27.1-189 Teorirum 27.1