VT409E Philosophy of Science and Research Ethics

03 november 2016 00:00 - 04 november 2016 00:00


​First gathering November 3.-4. 2016 and second gathering January 17.-18. 2017

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Deadline for registration: September 15, 2016.

Maximum number of participants will be 10. Decision concerning admission is made according to the time of registration among the qualified applicants.

ECTS Credits: 7,5
Level of course: PhD Level
Type of course: Compulsory
Duration: 1 semester
Study start: Autumn 2016
Study place: Bodø
Faculty responsible: Nord University Business School
Language of instruction: English/Norwegian
Course responsible person: Ove Jakobsen
E-mail address: ove.d.jakobsen@nord.no  
Costs: The conference fee is NOK 1.000 including all meals during the conference and conference material (not textbooks).
Course evaluation: Annual evaluations which are included in the university\'s quality assurance system


Course contents:

The course provides doctoral students opportunities to become familiar with different perspectives in the philosophy of science and research ethics with general relevance for social sciences and economics. The debates about the nature of scientific methods, theories of confirmation, the demarcation of science from non-science, the rationality of theory change, and scientific realism will be focused. The course will pay special attention on the philosophical and methodological preconditions in the research projects of the participants.

Learning outcomes:
The candidate should on successful completion of the course have the following learning outcome:

PhD-students should know central terms and theories within the philosophy of science and research ethics.

PhD-students should possess the ability to handle philosophical and ethical challenges in research based on well-founded arguments.

General competence:
PhD-students should be enabled to apply their knowledge of the subject to contemporary debates about science policy and to understand the terminology and concepts presupposed by advanced literature in the area.

Especially recommended elective courses:

Offered as a free-standing course:

Requires that the student is qualified for admission to PhD-programs.
Recommended previous knowledge:
Master of science degree.

Mode of delivery:

Learning activities and teaching methods:
Learning methods will consist of a combination of lecture and seminars / workshops. A high degree of student participation is required. Lectures are used to review theory, discuss assignments and any questions related to these.
Assessment methods and criteria:
A written course paper
Work placement:

Recommended or required reading:
Kuhn, T. S. (2012): The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition, University of Chicago Press

Oliver, Paul (2010): The Student's Guide to Research Ethics (Open Up Study Skills), McGraw-Hill

James Ladyman, Understatnding Philosophy of Science 2002

Jakobsen, Ove
(2015): Readings in Philosophy of science and research ethics, UiN