This course explores key issues in scientific knowledge, methodology, and enterprise. These issues include the extent to which science differs from other ways of knowing, scientific accounts of reality, the nature and limits of scientific method and explanation, probability, scientific theory-change. The course also introduces related areas, including philosophy of biology, philosophy of information, and philosophy of social science. (Course syllabus available on UVLe)
This 12-hr course module outlines the ethical issues in public health; allocation of scarce medical resources; health as human rights; entitlements; public health systems; rare diseases, genetic counseling, testing, and screening as public health services.
This short course aims to teach basic privacy awareness and privacy protection skills to participants. It discusses aspects of research or certain types of research (like surveys, interviews, focus group discussions, participant observation, clinical trial, archival research, chart reviews, database searches, electronic record search) requiring privacy protection. Safeguards against unauthorized use or disclosure of personal or sensitive information will be demonstrated.
This course provides an overview of issues in social scientific inquiry, the nature of society and our knowledge of it, social facts and human action, explanations and laws, the role of values and norms in the social sciences. (Course syllabus available on UVLe)
This course provides an overview of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of information, especially as they relate to computation, artificial intelligence, cognitive sciences, ethics, privacy. (Course syllabus available on UVLe)
This course explores key philosophical issues in biology: explanations and laws in biology; evolutionary theory; units of selection; biological diversity and complexity; the gene's self-interest and biological altruism; conceptions of life. (Course syllabus available on UVLe)
Using philosophical lenses, this course surveys scientific work on everyday moral thought and action. Among the research considered comes from cognitive science, neuroscience, developmental and social psychology, behavioral economics. Empathy and compassion, prejudice, sexuality, cheating, daily consumption and lifestyle, violence and cruelty, moral sanctions and punishment, fairness, religious influence on morality, descriptive and prescriptive aspects of ethics are the major topics of the course.