Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


Calendar: 2020 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of Humanities and Social Inquiry

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2020.01

Subject Information
Subject Code PHIL219
Subject Name Knowledge, Science and Understanding
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites 36cp at 100 level
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence PHIL220
Assessment 1. Written Assignment 45% 2. Written Assignment 45% 3. Participation 10%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 835  $ 835  $ 835  $ 835  $ 835  $ 835 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Course
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (02-03-2020 to 02-07-2020)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 3 hrs per week żżż lecture/tutorial/on-line
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Patrick McGivern
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Patrick McGivern
Instance Comment  
Census Date 16-04-2020

Subject Description
What is the difference between knowledge and opinion? Does knowledge require a special kind of evidence, or a special degree of certainty? What do we do we do when we try to explain something? Is there a difference between explanation and understanding? These are some of the questions you will examine in this subject on theories of knowledge and philosophy of science.


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Use basic concepts and ideas relevant to major approaches to theory of knowledge, philosophy of science and social science;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of central topics in theories of knowledge and practical problems in scientific explanation and justification;
3. Critically analyse arguments and theories in theory of knowledge, philosophy of science and social science;
4. Evaluate and produce cogent arguments orally and in writing;
5. Demonstrate an understanding of alternative viewpoints in discussion with peers.


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