Summer 2022 - SA 358 C100
The Philosophy of the Social Sciences (S) (4)
Class Number: 1487
Delivery Method: Distance Education
Course Times + Location:
Exam Times + Location:
Aug 13, 2022
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
Prerequisites:SA 101 or 150 or 201W.
An analysis of the nature of explanation in the social sciences: 'mind' and action, positivist and interpretive modes of explanation, sociological and historical explanation, objectivity, forms of relativism, the concept of rationality.
This course is designed to build understanding about the foundations of scientific inquiry and how these are related to specific paradigms for social scientific explanation. Students will be introduced to the interrelated nature of ontology, epistemology and methodology, and how these are thus related to the logic and validity of knowledge claims. Paradigms for social scientific explanation will be introduced, critically examined, and applied to understand the legal and political relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state from various perspectives. By examining how different perspectives reflect different interests, students will develop an appreciation for the complexity of the philosophy of the social sciences.
- Participation/Online Discussion 20%
- Written Dialogues 20%
- Analytical Reflections 20%
- Final Exam 40%
Potter, G. (2017). The Philosophy of Social Science: New Perspectives (2nd edition). New York: Pearson / Routledge.
Bowles, P., & Veltmeyer, H. (2014). The Answer is Still No: Voices of Pipeline Resistance. Fernwood Publishing.
Coulthard, G. (2014). Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition. MINN: University of Minnesota Press.
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