VT409E Philosophy of Science and Research Ethics

December 6-8, 2017 and February 5-7- 2018

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ECTS Credits: 7.5
Level of course: PhD Level
Type of course: Compulsory
Duration: 1 semester
Study start: Autumn 2017
Year of study:
Study place: Bodø
Faculty responsible: Business school/Nord university (HHN)
Language of instruction: English
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, evolutionary and revolutionary theories of scientific development. The connection between multi-disciplinarity, inter-disciplinarity and trans-disciplinarity will be discussed and illustrated. The ideas behind scientific realism and narrative research methodology are discussed. The course will pay special attention on the philosophical and methodological preconditions in the research projects of the participants.


  • The candidate can evaluate and applicate central terms and theories within philosophy of science and research ethics in research and development projects.


  • The candidate can formulate problems, plan and carry out complex research projects based on knowledge within philosophy of science and research ethics.
  • The candidate can handle philosophical and ethical challenges in their own research projects based on well-founded arguments.

General competence

  • The candidate can apply their knowledge of the subject to contemporary debates about science policy and understand the terminology and concepts presupposed by advanced literature in the area.
  • The candidate manage complex interdisciplinary assignments and projects

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: N/A

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

Professor Anders LIndseth (Nord university)
Professor Johans Sandvin (Nord university)
Professor Ove Jakobsen (Nord university)