COURSES

Philosophy of Science

Semester: 

Second Term

Offered: 

2019

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)

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Privacy Protection in Human Subjects Research

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2018

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.

Topics include: privacy protection plan, privacy impact assessment, data protection officer,...

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Philosophy of Biology

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2017

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)