Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Faculteit Wijsbegeerte
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode FI173SS
Vaknaam Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Filosofie van de sociale wetenschappen
Leerdoelen The student can formulate the central questions of philosophy of the social sciences.

The student can offer a critical analysis of the way in which research is conducted (methodology) in the social sciences.

The student can insightfully reflect on the nature of social phenomena (ontology).
Omschrijving Philosophy of the social sciences nowadays revolves around two questions:
1. How do social scientists explain?
2. What are social phenomena?

In this course we consider both questions and explore how they relate to one another. To this end, we consider the nature of explanation, causation, mechanisms and understanding. Furthermore, we investigate how social scientists construct models of social phenomena. Finally, we study some of those phenomena, including social groups, institutions and social construction. The overall purpose is to acquire an understanding of how social scientists produce knowledge and what the philosophical and societal significance of their findings are.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm groepsdiscussie, hoorcollege
(Lecture and discussion)
(Midterm assignment and final essay)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. F.A. Hindriks
Docent(en) prof. dr. F.A. Hindriks
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Entreevoorwaarden A course on epistemology or the philosophy of science
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ba Filosofie 3 semester II a keuze
Ba Wijsbegeerte van een bepaald Wetenschapsgebied 2 semester II a keuzegroep
Bachelor Exchange Courses - semester II a keuze
Pre-master Rechtsgeleerdheid (Recht en Bestuur), Gov. and Law in Dig. Society  ( For law students) 1 semester II a compulsory