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180117 SE Philosophy of the Social Sciences (2016W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Details

max. 35 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 10.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock
Dienstag 11.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Mittwoch 12.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 13.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 14.10. 14:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 25.11. 09:00 - 14:00 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Samstag 26.11. 09:00 - 14:00 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Samstag 10.12. 09:00 - 15:00 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien

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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This course introduces students to the main debates in philosophy of the social sciences. Departing from questions about the nature of society and our knowledge of it, we will discuss what it is that social scientists study; the different methods that are applied in the social sciences; the doctrine of Verstehen and how it is different from scientific explanation; the debate about individualism versus holism; whether the social sciences can be objective; and the role of value judgments in the social sciences. We will address questions such as: Is there something like a group mind and if so how does it differ from the individual’s mind? What are the different methods of the social sciences and how appropriate are those methods to study the social world? Are there laws in the social sciences? What are social facts and how can we observe them? What is the scope of rational choice explanations? And can social scientists be objective? In discussing these and related questions by closely engaging with our readings, students will learn to reconstruct and engage with arguments in depth, formulate their own arguments, and thereby formulate their own positions. We will
particularly focus on examples from economics, political science, and sociology.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Some background in a social science and some introductory level knowledge in philosophy of science is useful, but not required.

Examination requirements
• Two 1 to 2-page reading responses that have to be submitted before November 20, 2016.
• Long essay (max. 14 pages), two short essays (max. 7 pages), or one short essay (7 pages) and presentation.
• Regular participation (max. 2 hours of absence allowed).

Assessment
The final mark will be determined by a combination of the grades of your course participation throughout the whole course (5%), your two reading responses that you submit (20%), and your essays/presentations (75%).

Prüfungsstoff

Literatur

Most readings can be found in:
Cartwright, Nancy and Montuschi, Eleonora (eds.) (2014): Philosophy of Social Science: A New Introduction, Oxford University Press.
Martin, M./McIntyre, L. C. (1994): Readings in the Philosophy of Social Science, Bradford Books.
Mantzavinos, C. (ed.) (2009): Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Philosophical Theory and Scientific Practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Please find detailed course description and syllabus on Moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

MA M 3 D, BA M 15

Letzte Änderung: Mo 20.03.2017 15:23