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290380 PS Theoretical Geography (2012S)

Introduction into the theory of science

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work


Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 16.03. 13:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Thursday 07.06. 13:00 - 18:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Friday 08.06. 09:30 - 16:30 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Saturday 09.06. 09:30 - 12:30 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Monday 24.09. 16:00 - 19:00 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Tuesday 25.09. 09:30 - 18:00 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Wednesday 26.09. 09:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this seminar we will discuss the following topics:
What is the use of theory and what is the use of philosophy of science for geography?
How does science function: Paradigms and research programs
Epistemological positions and their relevance for scientific work
How does new insight come into the world: Reasoning and their limits
Observation, explanation, falsification/verification
Ethics and morale as foundation of geographical research and teaching?

The seminar addresses students on master level as well as PhD candidates of Physical Geography, Human Geography and Cartography. The seminar offers room for discussion, students are expected to read basic texts and prepare short presentations.

Prerequisite: First conceptual reflexions for the master thesis or the dissertation thesis must be on hand.

Assessment and permitted materials

Cooperation, presentation

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Discussion, reading of basic texts, short presentations

Reading list

Association in the course directory

(MR-FW-PI) (MK-FW-PI) (D4) (L-FW) (K-W)

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