Syllabus-Spring 2010-revised

Syllabus-Spring 2010-revised - IR 230 Philosophy and...

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IR 230 – Philosophy and Methods of Science Instructor: Cagla Diner, Office Hours: M 14.00-18.00; W 14.00-15.00, 16.00-17.00; F 16.00-18.00 or by appt. Course Description: This course deals with the discussions on what kind of scientific strategies should be employed to investigate the world. We will talk about the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries in the West and how and whether the body of knowledge obtained during and after this period reflects universal rationality or specific cultural concerns. We shall read about topics such as scientific objectivity, the role of interests and values in science and the character of scientific observation and reasoning. Then we will pass on to discussions on the nature of social sciences. We will also discuss briefly about the science and technology studies and the arguments on how science and technology are an integral part of our society just like politics and economics are. Towards the end of the course, we will talk about ethical concerns in science, and deal with practical issues such as how to design a social research project, how to do a literature review and how to choose the techniques that can be used in qualitative and quantitative research. Requirements and Grading: Our class time will be divided between lectures and discussions. In the lectures, I will introduce the various topics covered in the readings. Students are expected to read the material assigned for the particular week and prepare questions on them. There will be four take-home exams; each will make up 20% of the final grade. You can see the
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Syllabus-Spring 2010-revised - IR 230 Philosophy and...

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