To meet these objectives, the course will deal with the following themes: 1. epistemological issues within the Social Sciences, such as : - what sets the Human Sciences apart from the Natural Sciences (debate to explain and understand) - the debate on individualistic and holistic methodologies (existence of collective entities) - the issue of ethnocentricity - the issue of the relationship between layman's knowledge and expert knowledge 2. Standard issues in the Social Sciences such as: - axiological neutrality and the researcher's involvement in the Social Sciences - the distinction between traditional theory and critical theory - the prescriptive foundations of the great theoretical paradigms of actor-network theory and social action theory (utilitarian tradition, Weberian tradition, Hegelian and Marxist tradition) - the question of the justice 3.the issue of history: evolutionary theories, dialectic theories, Kantian and Fichtian theories
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
|1||This course aims to introduce students to: 1. the basic epistemology of the Social Sciences; 2. standard issues in the Social Sciences; 3. the basic paradigms of historical philosophy|
The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The lectures are completed by readings of texts. A particular attention will be dedicated to the precise analysis of the commented extracts A detailed understanding of texts will be expected from the student.
Faculty or entity
Title of the programme
Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Bachelor in Philosophy
Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology
Bachelor in Political Sciences: General
Minor in Human and Social Sciences
Minor in Philosophy
Minor in Sociology and Anthropology