Introduction to Scientific Thinking and Modeling
- to foster critical thinking by developing the scientific philosophy of each student
- to enable students to recognize philosophical differences between scholars
- to help students view their chosen field of science in the context of intellectual pursuits and human nature
- to give practical skills to apply models depending on the chosen topic and approach to study
- have working skills in formulating and presenting better arguments, both orally and in writing form
- be able to conduct researches in various fields of science
- know how to communicate effectively as part of a team
- Why ponder science?
- Applying Philosophy to Science
- Influences of Beliefs and Values
- Simple modeling
- HomeworksThere will be several homework assignments that will provide additional hands-on practice for the concepts we’ve learned in class and practiced during the seminar. Homeworks will be assigned as needed throughout the semester
- Final presentationDuring the last weeks of course students should submit their presentation on research they are planning to conduct. The presentation should include topic formulation and proposal of the planned research. Students should show gained skills on the research project preparation.
- Lakatos, I. (1969). II——Criticism and the Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes. https://doi.org/10.1093/aristotelian/69.1.149
- Richard Paul, & Linda Elder. (2019). The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools: Vol. 8th ed. The Foundation for Critical Thinking.
- Waller, A. (2010). Philosophical Foundations for the Practices of Ecology. Biologist, 57(3), 150.