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PHIL 301 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the main issues and approaches in the philosophy of social sciences, with a focus on questions of methodology. These include whether social sciences employ a methodology different from that of the natural sciences; whether explanations in terms of reasons differ in any way from those in terms of causes; the nature of social reality; the relationship between individuals and social structures; the debate between methodological individualism and methodological holism; whether social sciences are value-free or not and the problem of objectivity. General approaches to be discussed are positivism, realism, the hermeneutical-interpretive and critical schools. These approaches and issues will be exemplified in the context of various social scientific disciplines.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2017-2018 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Spring 2016-2017 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Spring 2015-2016 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Spring 2014-2015 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Spring 2013-2014 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Spring 2012-2013 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Fall 2011-2012 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Fall 2010-2011 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Fall 2009-2010 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3

Prerequisite: SPS 101 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
and SPS 102 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
Corequisite: __
ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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