• Length:
    20 Weeks
  • Effort:
    1–2 hours per week
  • Price:

    FREE
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  • Subject:
  • Level:
    Introductory
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcript:
    English

Prerequisites

No previous knowledge of philosophy or research methods is required; upper secondary/high school level knowledge of natural or social science is helpful.

About this course

Science impacts our lives every day. Whether it's seeing the effects of a new dieting method, a drive in an electric car, or reading the weather forecast, science is behind it all.

As a student in engineering, or in the STEM area, it's crucial to understand what science is and how to utilize its methods. But what is good science? How is scientific research carried out in the best way? And what is the best way to communicate your findings?

In this course you will develop skills to identify, criticize and justify scientific methods. You will gain a basic understanding of the methodological and underlying philosophical questions and issues that arise in science. You will learn how to explain and justify scientists' choices between various research methods, and how to interpret research results.

What you'll learn

  • You will be familiar with method choices in areas like experimenting, modelling and statistical testing
  • The basic argumentation patterns for justifying scientific claims 
  • What ethical standpoints scientists need to consider
  • How to critically evaluate and justify method choices in science 

Meet your instructors

Till Grüne-Yanoff
Professor
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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