Methodological Research Seminar (General Methodology of Science) (seminarium) - 2018/2019

Course description
General information
Lecturer:dr hab. Ewa Lekka-Kowalik prof. KUL
Organising unit:Faculty of Philosophy - Instytut Filozofii
Number of hours (week/semester): 1/15
Language of instruction:English
Course objective
C1 - introducing students into advanced scientific research
C2 - developing the skill of preparing scientific papers
C3 - developing the skill of criticizing other\'s views and defending one\'s own view
W1: good knowledge of logic and general methodology of sciences (BA level at least)
W2: good command of English
W3: at least passive knowledge of another foreign language
Learning outcomes
1. The student understands the variety of types of knowledge, their methodological specificity and mutual relations: K_W01, K_W02
2.The student has in-depth knowledge in the field determined by the topics of the seminar and the subject of a thesis: K_W03; K_W04; K_W05; K_W06
3. The student knows and understands advanced methods of analysis and interpretation of various forms of philosophical texts: K_W07
4.The student knows and understands the basic principles of intellectual property management: K_W08
1. The student has the skill to search and select source texts, studies literature: K_U01
2. The student knows how to use the methods of logic and methodology of science and to apply them to solving problems in various fields of knowledge: K_U02
3. The student is able to independently acquire knowledge and to improve their research skills appropriate for the field of study: K_U03
4. The student is able to discuss interdisciplinary problems, especially logical and methodological dependencies: K_U04
5. The student can analyze a scientific text, reconstruct the assumptions, theses and consequences of an approach developed in that
text as well as evaluate evaluate arguments: K_U05
6. The student knows how to prepare a scientific work on a given topic within a deadline, and has the skill of searching for sources, including foreign languages, as well as presenting and defending theses formulated in his/her work: K_U06; K_U07; K_U08; K_U09
Social competences:
1. The student understands the need for life-long learning:K_K01
2. The student is able to work in a group, in particular to solve problems in a team way: K_K02; K_K03
3. The student is prepared for critical discussion of theses, as well as for solving problems and proposing solutions: K_K04
4. The student is aware of the cultural significance of truth and rational justification. He/she understands and respects the ethical dimension of scientific research and feels responsible for the social effects of scientific development and the dissemination of research results: K_K05
5.The student is interested in contemporary philosophical, cultural and worldview trends: K_K06
Teaching method
presentations, guided discussions, brain storming, text analysis
Course content description
1. A good research project and possible ethical restrictions on it.
2. The method of text reconstruction
3. Relationships between science, philosophy, and other domains of human epistemic activity
4. Truth as a social issue
5. Topics determined by subject-matter of PhD works
Forms of assessment
1. Participation in activities (preparing a presentation, participation in discussions)
2. Demonstrating some progress in PhD research
Required reading list
S. Haack, Putting Philosophy to Work: Inquiry and Its Place in Culture, Prometheus Books 2013;
S. Haack, Defending Science - within Reason: Between Scientism And Cynicism, Prometheus Books 2007;
P. Dunleavy, Authoring a PhD Thesis: How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Dissertation, Red Globe Press 2003
How to write a PhD,

Further literature will be indicated in accordance to PhD topics.
Field of study: Philosophy
Course listing in the Schedule of Courses:
Year/semester:Year I - Semester 2
Number of ECTS credits: 2
Form of assessment: Credit
Year/semester:Year II - Semester 4
Number of ECTS credits: 2
Form of assessment: Credit
Year/semester:Year III - Semester 6
Number of ECTS credits: 2
Form of assessment: Credit
Year/semester:Year IV - Semester 8
Number of ECTS credits: 2
Form of assessment: Credit