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Intermediate Level
Approx. 12 hours to complete
English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Introduction and Core Examples

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 38 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
1.2 – Example 1: Evolutionary Theory11m
1.3a – Example 2: Aging the Universe6m
1.3b – Example 3: Climate Change5m
1.3c – Example 4: A Theory of Mind4m
1.4 – Diverse Subjects, Common Methods3m
2 readings
Introduction to the Course and your Instructor10m
Week 1 Readings1h
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz30m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Scientific Methods

3 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 49 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
11 videos
2.2 – A Grounding in Observation2m
2.3a – Straight Observation2m
2.3b – Observation with Telescopes4m
2.3c – Practicing to Observe1m
2.3d – Making Observation More Efficient2m
2.3e – Mill’s Methods3m
2.4a – Isolating and Creating Phenomena4m
2.4b – The Logic of Experiments7m
2.5 – Simulations: Empirical and Reliable?10m
2.6 – Reliable Detection4m
1 reading
Week 2 Readings1h
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Scientific Objectivity

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 75 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
3.1 – Defining Scientific Objectivity9m
3.2 – Mechanisms of Scientific Objectivity10m
3.3 – Shedding Bias and Approaching Truth14m
3.4 – Failures of Objectivity13m
3.5 – Science, Pseudoscience and Uncertainty22m
1 reading
Week 3 Reading1h
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz30m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Values in Science

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 23 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
4 videos
4.2 – Should Science Be Value-Free?10m
4.3 – Scientific Freedom and Responsibility5m
4.4 – Cultivating Scientific Skepticism5m
1 reading
Week 4 Reading1h
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz30m

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