RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Section: 002 How Science Works
Term: WN 2013
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

In our daily lives we take many things for granted that would hardly be possible without modern science and technology. Yet, we rarely stop and think about the question what makes science so special.

    What distinguishes science from other kinds of human activities?
  • What is a scientific explanation?
  • How do scientists use empirical evidence to arrive at general facts about the world?

These and other questions will be discussed in this class, drawing on the philosophical literature and using case studies from different scientific disciplines and time periods. We will also visit a scientific laboratory and will have a local scientist come and discuss their methods.

Course Requirements:

  • Short written or oral assignments throughout the semester: 20%
  • Box project (will be explained on first day of class): 15%
  • Attendance and participation: 25%
  • Term paper: (Due April 29) 40%

Assignments: You will be asked to do one short assignment (class presentation or one-page discussion of material covered in a given week) per week. Assignments will be announced in class and posted onCTools.

RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
27130
Open
2
6RC Ugrd
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TuTh 11:00AM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
27246
Open
18
 
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
005 (SEM)
P
29104
Open
20
 
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
006 (SEM)
P
29023
Open
12
 
-
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: This course meets at the Detroit Center, and is only open to Semester in Detroit program participants.
007 (SEM)
P
25449
Open
13
 
-
W 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: This course meets at the Detroit Center.
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