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070128 VO Epistemological and methodological positions in the theoretical and historical social sciences (2019S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte

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Language: English

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Thursday 07.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 14.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 21.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 28.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 04.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 11.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 02.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 09.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 16.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 23.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 06.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 13.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 27.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims and Content
Epistemological and methodological positions in the theoretical and historical social sciences frequently are classified into pro- and anti-naturalistic positions. This classification is based on views regarding the applicability of the methods of the natural sciences in the theoretical social sciences and in history. This lecture provides an introduction to different epistemological and methodological positions defended in the historical and theoretical social sciences. Frequently these positions are the result of open problems in social science and historical disciplines and authors hope that by solving these methodological problems they will be able to solve open disciplinary problems as well. The lecture also examines whether those anti- and pronaturalistic positions are attempts to solve the so called problems of induction and demarcation for the historical and theoretical social sciences. Diligent students will learn to make sense of and evaluate the historical background, achievements, main criticisms and developments of those controversies which still cover much ground in contemporary discussions.
Method
Teaching consists in one unbroken 90-minute lecture. Students are required to contribute in a lively manner to discussions at all classes and to pass a final written test.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students are required to pass a final test in writing; Exam papers have the form of brief essays to be prepared in advance and will be supplemented by additional questions at the exam. Topics of essays will be announced about two month in advance of the exam. In addition students will receive 4 questionsets (March, April, May, June) in order to check their knowledge and progress. If students hand in their answes in writing this will count as an additional bonus effort

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students are required to pass a final test in writing; Grades will be awarded after having discussed those tests in individual meetings. Four dates will be offered for taking the test; Exam papers have the form of brief essays to be prepared in advance and will be supplemented by additional questions at the exam. Topics of essays will be announced about two month in advance of the exam. Registrations for the lecture as well as for tests are required. The quality of answers will be evaluated on the basis of completeness, clarity of argument, logical reasoning and precision. Answers have to be formulated in complete sentences and are not acceptable if stated in key words only.

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content fo lecture

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to be announced

Association in the course directory

MA Geschichte 14: VO aus Geschichte PM 4 (4 ECTS)
LA Diplom, VO Zeitgeschichte, Globalgeschichte, Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte
MA HPS: M 3

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