Temporary Lectureship in Philosophy of Science and Medicine

The UP Philosophy Department is seeking a part-time and temporary lecturer to instruct the following course during the first semester in 2014:

FIL 155 Science and World Views This is a first year level semester module that is compulsory for all Medical Science students. There is only one 50 minute lecture a week, but the lecture is repeated twice, as there are usually around 900 students registered for the module. There are also weekly tutorials taught, and assignments marked, by tutors whose work is co-ordinated by the lecturer of the module. Tutorial assignments, 2 semester tests, and the exam and supplementary exam papers are set by the lecturer. The lecturer is responsible for the marking of all written assessments except the tutorial assignments, although tutors may help with marking of short questions in tests and exams. Given the administrative burden of organising 900 students, we are looking to appoint at least two persons.

Within the current course structure, 7 weeks are dedicated to  an introduction to philosophy of science, focusing on scientific method; 2 weeks on an introduction to clinical reasoning; 3 weeks on an introduction to ethics; and 2 weeks on case studies. The current course content and study material will be revised for 2014, with a view to expanding the component on the nature of clinical reasoning, and introducing case studies relevant to health issues in South Africa.

Requirement: A Master’s Degree; teaching experience with large groups of students; ability to teach and debate philosophical ideas with people who do not have an extensive background in philosophy.

Strong recommendation: Solid background in philosophy of science/medicine and ethics; a PhD.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited, to candidates from under-represented designated groups.
All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply.
The University of Pretoria reserves the right not to make an appointment to the posts as advertised.

Remuneration starts at around R15 000 for the module for someone satisfying the minimum requirements.

To apply, by 15 October 2014 email the following to the Head of the Department of Philosophy at the address given below:

(1) A CV including academic record, academic teaching experience, , and contact details of two referees

(2) A teaching portfolio that includes evidence of teaching ability, including a lecture schedule/syllabus for the module advertised, and ideally also student evaluations for prior courses

(3) A cover letter detailing a statement of motivation for and interest in the advertised position.

For any further questions, please contact the Head of the Department of Philosophy at the address given below.

Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem Professor and Head

Department of Philosophy, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X20, Hatfield, Pretoria 0028

e-mail: emma.ruttkamp-bloem@up.ac.za

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