The Geoscientific method

Master degree – 7.5 credits, Course code GG7007
Start Fall term period 1
Language: English

The course examines the historical and philosophical underpinnings of geosciences. We use a historical framework to explore the components and the evolution of modern scientific method. We want to understand how scientific hypotheses are formulated and tested and how scientific data are reviewed, interpreted and presented. The goal is to think about thinking in order to organize, be aware of and challenge our own methodologies of science and analysis.

The course is given by the Department of Geological Sciences.

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Course Director
Patrick Crill, Geological SciencesPatrick Crill
Department of Geological Sciences

Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm


Admission requirements

Knowledge equivalent to a Bachelor degree whereof at leat 90 credits in Geoscience. English B or comparable.


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Fall term 2017

Course literature

Science Rules: A Historical Introduction to Scientific Methods
Peter Achinstein, editor
published by Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004
paperback ISBN 0-8018-7944-2

Revolutions in the Earth: James Hutton and the True Age of the World

by Stephen Baxter
Phoenix; New Ed edition (5 Feb 2004)
Paperback ISBN: 0753817616

Capital of the Mind: How Edinburgh Changed the World
James Buchan
John Murray Publishers Ltd; New edition edition (16 Aug 2004)
paperback ISBN 0719565448

The Scottish Enlightenment: The Scots' Invention of the Modern World

Arthur Herman
Fourth Estate Ltd; New edition edition (2 Jan 2003)
paperback ISBN 1841152765


See also Syllabus.



Department of Geological Sciences
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