Truth, Belief and Science (6549.5)
|Level:||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|
|HECS Bands:||2, 4|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Science and Technology|
|Discipline:||Academic Program Area - Technology|
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.
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.
3 hrs per week F2F - this has not been offered for about 10 years