Graduate Diploma in Arts (Logic and Philosophy of Science)

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the graduate diploma should:

    * Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
    * Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts;
    * Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force;
    * Communicate effectively;
    * Commit to continuous learning;
    * Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and other information technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
  • Academic title
    Graduate Diploma in Arts (Logic and Philosophy of Science)
  • Course description
    Specialisation Requirements:

        * 100 points elective subjects with no more than 12.5 points at first-year level

    First year subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    136-105  Science, Philosophy and History
    Many philosophical issues and problems arose in the course of twentieth century science. Ranging across the physical, biological, and social sciences we consider the work of a variety of twentieth century scientists and study some of the controversie...     Semester 2     12.50

    Second/Third-year subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    161-010  Epistemology
    This subject deals with two major topics in the theory of knowledge. We will consider such central epistemological questions as these. What is knowledge? Do we have knowledge? How do we know? What is the structure of knowledge? These questions will b...     Semester 2     12.50

    161-011  Philosophy of Language     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-210  Philosophy of Logic
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-211  Minds and Computers     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    161-212  Logic for Philosophers     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    136-033  Science, Reason and Reality
    This subject addresses some of the central issues in the philosophy of science. It will raise questions such as: What is the difference between science and non-science? Is there a universal scientific method? Or do the methods employed by scientists ...     Semester 1     12.50

    136-260  God and the Natural Sciences
    This subject studies the complex relationship between religion, theology, and the natural sciences. Theological concerns guided the science of Kepler, Newton and many other early scientists. They held that studying the Universe demonstrated the attri...     Semester 2     12.50

    136-207  Philosophy of Biology     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    136-208  History and Philosophy of Mathematics     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    433-255  Logic and Computation     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    433-253  Algorithms and Data Structures
    Topics covered include complexity classes and asymptotic notations; empirical analysis of algorithms; abstract data types including queues, trees, heaps and graphs; algorithmic techniques including brute force, divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming...     Semester 1     12.50

    433-330  Theory of Computation
    Topics covered include formal languages, grammars and recognisers; models of computation: finite state machines, pushdown automata, Turing machines; computability: the Church-Turing thesis, decidability, reducibility; complexity: the classes P and NP...     Semester 1     12.50

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