Study programme 2021-2022Français
Philosophy of Science
Programme component of Master's in Computer Science à la Faculty of Science

CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
US-M1-SCINFO-019-MOptional UESTAQUET AnneS808 - Philosophie et Histoire des Sciences
  • STAQUET Anne

of instruction
of assessment
HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Français
Français20000022.001st term

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
S-PHYS-120Philosophy of Science200000Q1100.00%
Programme component

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • Manage large-scale software development projects.
    • Demonstrate independence and their ability to work alone or in teams.
  • Manage research, development and innovation.
    • Organise and lead a research, development or innovation project to completion.
  • Master communication techniques.
    • Communicate, both orally and in writing, their findings, original proposals, knowledge and underlying principles, in a clear, structured and justified manner.
    • Adapt their communication to a variety of audiences.
  • Develop and integrate a high degree of autonomy.
    • Aquire new knowledge independently.
  • Apply scientific methodology.
    • Critically reflect on the impact of IT in general, and on the contribution to projects.
    • Demonstrate thoroughness, independence, creativity, intellectual honesty, and ethical values.

Learning Outcomes of UE

At the end of the course students will be able to understand the principle conceptions of science and understand the limits of these philosophies. Students will also be able to consider these epistemological ideas alongside those of scientific method. The student will also have to be able to present a moment in the history of science, to non-specialists, using everyday language.

Content of UE

The main epistemologies will be studied: inductivism, Popper, Kuhn, Lakatos, Feyerabend. They will also be critiqued, putting them in parallel with one another concerning their conceptions of science, progress and scientific method. Futhermore, the course will feature key moments in the history of science, according to the students' interest.

Prior Experience

Not applicable

Type of Assessment for UE in Q1

  • Presentation and/or works
  • Oral examination

Q1 UE Assessment Comments

50 % from the presentation, 50 % from the exam.

Type of Assessment for UE in Q3

  • Oral examination

Q3 UE Assessment Comments

Not applicable

Type of Resit Assessment for UE in Q1 (BAB1)

  • N/A

Q1 UE Resit Assessment Comments (BAB1)

Not applicable

Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

AAType of Teaching Activity/Activities
  • Cours magistraux
  • Conférences

Mode of delivery

AAMode of delivery
  • Face to face

Required Reading


Required Learning Resources/Tools

AARequired Learning Resources/Tools
S-PHYS-120Alan Chalmers book - Qu'est-ce que la science? (English title - What Is This Thing Called Science?)

Recommended Reading


Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

AARecommended Learning Resources/Tools
S-PHYS-120Not applicable

Other Recommended Reading

AAOther Recommended Reading
S-PHYS-120Not applicable

Grade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

AAGrade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next
(*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
Date de génération : 17/09/2021
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