Course code Filz5003

Credit points 2

Philosophy of Science

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes12

Independent study hours56

Date of course confirmation01.12.2015

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developers

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Gunārs Brāzma

Dr. phil.

author doc.

Leonards Leikums

Dr. phil.

Course abstract

The aim of this course is to develop master students' understanding of science, its aims and methods. Students acquire knowledge about history of science in wider cultural context as well as are introduced with topical philosophical issues in various branches of science. The course focuses on ethical aspects in development of science and technology. In addition to lectures the course includes studies of philosophical texts, discussions in seminars, and presentations of students' papers.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge: of history of science, knowledge of aims and methods of science, knowledge of philosophical issues in various branches of science, knowledge of ethical aspects of science and technology.
• Skills: in formulating philosophical and ethical problems related to development of science and technology, skills in discussing these problems, skills in elaborating and presenting scientific paper.
• Kompetence: acquired knowledge and skills develop interdisciplinary approach to science as well as critical thinking that can be applied in further studies

Compulsory reading

1. Zinātnes filozofija. Aut.: G.Brāzma, I.Leikuma, L.Leikums, K.Lūsis , G.Moskvins. Jelgava: LLU, 2011. 174 lpp.
2. Praktiskā filosofija. Aut.: E.Apsīte, G.Brāzma, E.Caune, I.Leikuma, L.Leikums, K.Lūsis, S.Poča, J.Vuguls. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 549 lpp.
3. Apsalons E. Valodas lietojuma loģika. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2011. 424 lpp.
4. Ievads pētniecībā. Sast. K.Mārtinsone. Rīga: RaKa, 2011. 284 lpp.

Further reading

1. Bowell Tr., Kemp G. Critical Thinking. A Concise Guide. 3rd Edition. London & NewYork: Routledge, 2010. 294 p.
2. The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science. Ed. by St.Psillos and M.Curd. Routledge, 2008. 619 p.
3. Vedins I. Zinātne un patiesība. Rīga: Avots, 2008. 702 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Rīgas Laiks. ISSN 1407-1622
2. Zvaigžņotā Debess. ISSN 0135-129X
3. Ilustrētā Zinātne. ISSN 0903-5583.