The Scientific Method, SASF10, 7.5hp
Spring term 2017
Den svenska versionen av denna kurs har kurskod MNXA19
Tuesday the 17th of January, at 13:15, in lecture room Andromeda, Astronomy
Alan F. Chalmers
What is this thing called science? 3rd or 4th edition
University of Queensland Press, Open University press, 4th revised edition, Hackett, 1999.
Suggestions for additional reading.
The course is based on a series of lectures. These are not directly
connected to the course literature, but are mainly intended to inspire
to studies and discussion. The lectures are typically given every
Thursday in the Andromeda room in the Astronomy building 13:15-13:00.
Each lecture is followed the day after (on Fridays) with group
discussions in the Theory Lab at Theoretical Physics. In each group there is
an appointed discussion leader and an appointed rapporteur. The
discussion leader should prepare by making detailed notes from the
lecture so that the discussion can be led in a meaningful way. The
rapporteur should take notes from the discussion, to be able to make
both a oral and written summary.
The course literature (Chalmers) is treated in a series
of student seminars in the beginning of
the course, where the students give short lectures about different
chapters in the book.
The students will perform interviews with active researchers to find
out how they actually work with science, which method they use (if
any). The interviews are then described in written reports which are
discussed with other students.
Each student chooses one book to read and writes a short essay about
it, from a philosophy-of-science perspective. The essays are then
discussed with other students.
- Noon Tuesday the 31st of January Choice of book for essay.
- Noon, Thursday the 2nd of February: Choice of subjects and
draft of questions for interviews.
- Noon, Tuesday the 7th of February: Comments on interview questions.
- Noon, Tuesday the 21st of February: Near-final draft of interview report.
- Noon, Monday the 27th of February: Feedback on draft interview report.
- Noon, Monday the 27th of February: Near-final draft of essay.
- Noon, Friday the 3rd of March: Feedback on essay draft.
- Noon, Friday the 3rd of March: Final interview report.
- Noon, Thursday the 9th of March: Final essay.
Please note: Several assignments will be reviewed by your
fellow students, it is therefore very important that you respect
deadlines. If you for whatever reason cannot meet one of the
deadlines, you must notify the course responsible before that
deadline, otherwise it will be assumed that you are no longer
following the course. A student who has not met the first two
deadlines will be asked to unregister from the course if he/she do not
intend to follow it.
All hand-ins should be submitted via
the Live@Lund system. Please make
yourselves acquainted with that system well before the first deadline.
The grades in this course is pass or fail. To pass, each
student must complete the following obligatory course elements:
- An oral presentation at a seminar
- Oral feedback to a presentation at a seminar
- Act as group discussion leader at least once
- Active participation in at least six group discussions
- A written report from a group discussion
- A written report from interviews
- Oral and written feedback on an interview report
- An essay
- Oral and written feedback on an essay
Leif Lönnblad, Leif.Lönnblad@thep.NOSPAM.lu.se,
Last Modified August 2016 by Leif Lönnblad