Philosophy of Science

This course aims to enable students to rigorously engage with, and critically evaluate, scientific and social scientific work.

In this course, we focus on scientific thought, engaging with it with rigour and critically evaluating scientific work. We will consider recent ideas from the epistemology of science, and an example of Quantum Mechanics and interpretations of it while reading papers from Einstein and Bohr. Next, we study development economics and the use of randomised controlled trials, comparing it with model-building approaches. You will be required to read original research papers and examine the nature of latest ideas. We hope this will help you get past the idea that science is too difficult to engage with.