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Course module: FRRMV16011
FRRMV16011
Topics in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science: Philosophy of Probability and Statistical Inference
Course infoSchedule
Course codeFRRMV16011
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Humanities; Utrecht Graduate School of Humanities; Domein Filosofie en Religiewetenschap RMA;
Contact persondr. J. Korbmacher
Telephone030 253 7986
E-mailJ.Korbmacher@uu.nl
Lecturers
Contactperson for the course
dr. J. Korbmacher
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Lecturer
dr. J. Korbmacher
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Lecturer
dr. J.H. van Lith
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Teaching period
2  (14/11/2016 to 03/02/2017)
Teaching period in which the course begins
2
Time slotD: WED-afternoon, Friday
Study mode
Full-time
RemarkCounts towards the fulfillment of the “Topics Seminar” requirement for RMA Philosophy students.
Enrolment periodfrom 31/10/2016 09:00 up to and including 01/11/2016 23:59
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Pre-enrolmentNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement process(Sub)school
Aims
The intended purpose of this Topics Seminar is for the participating student  (1) to become familiar with positions taken in the current debates over the specific topic area of the course; (2) to appreciate the arguments for and against the positions; and (3) to develop an independent judgment about the most promising approach in this area.     
Content
This “Topics Seminar” explores in depth issues and texts in the area of epistemology and philosophy of science, including issues related to explanation, reliabilism, scepticism, justification, the status of thought experiments or scientific authority. The specific topic will be different each time, so as to tailor it to current research developments in the field.
 
Topic for 2016-17 is: “Philosophy of Probability and Statistical Inference”

This course is for Students History and Philosophy of Science, RMA Philosophy. Students of other MA-programmes, please contact the Course Coordinator.  

Interested M.A. exchange students with a strong background in philosophy may qualify to take the course; however, they should first contact the RMA Philosophy coordinator:  j.h.anderson@uu.nl
     
Competencies
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Entry requirements
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Prerequisite knowledge
Broad familiarity with undergraduate-level work in the areas covered in the course. Students from outside the RMA programme who have not completed MA or advanced undergraduate courses in this area should consult the instructor before enrolling.
Private study materials
Will be made available via Blackboard.
Required materials
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Instructional formats
Seminar

General remarks
Seminars are 3 hours in length, even when they are scheduled in a 4-hour timeslot.

Class session preparation
Students are expect to have read carefully the required reading in advance of the seminar meeting and to be prepared to participate actively in the discussion of the texts and related issues.

Contribution to group work
Active participation, including taking responsibility for the discussions in groups.

Tests
Active participation
Test weight0
Minimum grade-

Assignment
Test weight30
Minimum grade-

Assessment
The assignment or examination is assessed for demonstrating understanding of the texts, skills of critical argumentation, and written communication skills.

Deadlines
A written assignment, take-home examination, or in-class examination is due half-way through the term.

Paper
Test weight70
Minimum grade-

Assessment
The final paper is assessed for the quality of the research question, cogency of the argumentation, clarity of written expression, and demonstrated ability to relate the analysis to a clear understanding of the texts for the course.

Deadlines
The final paper is due in week 9.

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