2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
HPSC5171M Topics in the Philosophy of Physics
30 creditsClass Size: 50
Module manager: Dr Juha Saatsi
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsPostgraduate standing or permission of the Director of Philosophy MA Programmes
Module replacesHPSC5170M History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryIf the module recruits three or fewer students, it will be delivered via 3 hours of supervision with the module leader (instead of the format specified below).
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a familiarity with certain contemporary issues in the philosophy of modern physics.
- Exhibit an ability to critically analyse views regarding these issues and articulate and defend their own.
This module will provide detailed discussions of recent issues in the philosophy of physics. Topics covered may include: the various interpretations of quantum mechanics; the measurement problem; non-separability and entanglement in quantum physics; the metaphysics of quantum particles; the nature of quantum information; the foundations of space-time theory; the substantivalist-relationist debate in the context of relativistic space-time; the hole argument; determinism and indeterminism in modern physics.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Office Hour Discussions||2||0.50||1.00|
|Private study hours||278.00|
|Total Contact hours||22.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Private study8 hours per seminar reading - 88 hours
Further reading - 89 hours
Essay Preparation - 100 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackSeminar performance/discussion and feedback on a 1000-word essay plan.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||5000 word essay||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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