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Truth, Belief and Science (6549.5)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Technology

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    Syllabus

    This unit examines questions like: How do we assess the reliability of knowledge? Why should we believe science? Just what is science, and how does it develop? How is scientific truth established? The origins of science are examined, and contrasted with mythological explanations of phenomena. Paranormal and fringe areas are contrasted with the scientific mainstream.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Assess critically the reliability of information from various sources;

    2. Recognise popular urban legends as such; and

    3. Assess problems of scientific truth in contemporary popular culture.

    Contact Hours

    3 hrs per week F2F - this has not been offered for about 10 years

    Prerequisites

    None.

    Corequisites

    None.

    Assumed Knowledge

    None.

    Incompatible Units

    None.

    Equivalent Units

    None.


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