For the full syllabus, see here.
Aim of the Course
This is not a “popular science” or “science for humanities” course. Literacy in certain disciplines is the goal and, to attain it, the competency required far exceeds that of popular science. For example, a significant amount of mathematics is needed to grasp a large swathe of literature in the philosophy of physics, and most philosophy of biology presumes a detailed knowledge of evolutionary theory.
The pedagogical challenge of this course is to provide this competence in one year available. More familiar methods of science instruction do not work, as they require time-consuming practices such as lab work, memorization, and gaining familiarity with mathematical notation and ideas through repeated calculation. Other methods are adopted in this course and will be discussed, as well as used, in class.
This class is a mixture of lectures and tutorials.
The course is a requirement in the Religion & Science doctoral program. It is the only official course at a Boston Theological Institute (BTI) school that satisfies the science literacy requirement of the BTI’s Science and Religion Certificate program. In fact, one semester of the class will satisfy the BTI certificate requirement, but do consult with the instructor well in advance to make sure that you have the necessary background if you plan to take the physics (second) semester of the course.
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