VT409E Philosophy of Science and Research Ethics

December 2-4, 2019 and February 3-5, 2020

ECTS Credits: 7.5 
Level of course: PhD Level 
Type of course: Compulsory 
Duration: 2 semesters
Study start: Autumn 2019
Study place: Bodø 
Faculty responsible:  Nord university/Business school (HHN) 
Language of instruction: English 
Course responsible person: Ove Jakobsen 

Lecture plan module 1 and 2

Program 1st. module - December 2-4,  2019


 
Monday December 2.Tuesday December 3.Wednesday December 4.
0915
 From logical positivism to Feyerabend (Ove Jakobsen)

Reflections on philosophy of science

(Terje Traavik)

1015 
From logical positivism to Feyerabend (Ove Jakobsen)

Reflections on philosophy of science

(Terje Traavik)

1100LunchLunchLunch
1215

Welcome

Presentation of participants

Introduction; course content and dialogue about criteria for the course paper

Input to the philosophy of social science (Johans Sandvin)

 

The cudos of science

(Ove Jakobsen)

 

1315

Introduction to philosophy of science

(Ove Jakobsen)

Input to the philosophy of social science (Johans Sandvin)

 

End of the day
1415Concrete reflexion and critical reflexion in ongoing research: Requirements for good research (Anders Lindseth)Students presentation of ideas for course paper with focus on Philosophy of Science and/or Research Ethics 
1515Concrete reflexion and critical reflexion in ongoing research: Requirements for good research (Anders Lindseth)Students presentation of ideas for course paper with focus on Philosophy of Science and/or Research Ethics 
1600End of the day End of the day 

Program 2nd. module - February 3-5, 2020

 Monday February 3.Tuesday February 4.Wednesday February 5.
0915
 The social organization of human reality (Johans Sandvin)Students presentation of course paper
1015 The social organization of human reality (Johans Sandvin)Students presentation of course paper
1100LunchLunchLunch
1215Introduction, connecting to module 1.

Narrative research in context

(Vivi ML Storsletten)

 

Students presentation of course paper
1315Theoretical and practical knowledge: (Anders Lindseth)

Narrative research in context

(Vivi ML Storsletten)

 

Students presentation of course paper
1415Theoretical and practical knowledge: (Anders Lindseth)

Research ethics

(Are Ingulfsvann)Reflections on philosophy of science

(Terje Traavik)

End of the day
1515Reflections in plenum

Research ethics

(Are Ingulfsvann)Reflections on philosophy of science

(Terje Traavik)

 
1600End of the day End of the day 




Costs:

No costs except literature and materials.

Course evaluation:

Annual evaluations wich are included in the university's quality assurance system 

Course contents: 

The course provides doctoral students opportunities to become familiar with different perspectives in 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 multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity 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.

Knowledge

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

Skills

  • 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 can manage complex interdisciplinary assignments and projects

Especially recommended elective courses:

N/A

Offered as a free-standing course:

Yes

Prerequisites: 

Requires that the student is qualified for admission to PhD-programs.

Recommended previous knowledge: 

Master of Science degree.

Mode of delivery: 

Face-to-face. Each gathering will start at 11.30 the first day and end at the latest 15.00 the last day (day 3). Detailed program will be available after the application deadline.

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 

Recommended or required reading: 

Oliver, Paul (2010): The Student's Guide to Research Ethics (Open Up Study Skills), McGraw-Hill
James Ladyman (2002): Understanding Philosophy of Science, 
Jakobsen, Ove (2018): Readings in Philosophy of science and research ethics, Nord university 

Faculty:

Professor Anders Lindseth (Nord university)
Professor Johans Sandvin (Nord university)
Professor Ove Jakobsen (Nord university) (Course manager)
Associate professor Are S. Ingulfsvann (Nord university)
Associate professor Vivi M. L. Storsletten (Nord university)
Professor Terje Traavik (UiT)





Application deadline: October 15, 2019
Participants from Nord university are prioritized.

Practical information

The city of Bodø

Bodø is home to around 50,000 people and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with a lively urban scene.

 

Photo: David Grandorge

Getting to Bodø


  • Bodø is the hub of Nordland and can be reached by plane, train and boat. 
  • Bodø's airport is located in the city itself, making it quick and easy to fly in and out. Oslo Gardemoen is a 90 minute flight away.

Photo: Ernst Furuhatt / www.nordnorge.com

Transport in Bodø

  • The main campus is located at Mørkved, about 9 kilometers from the centre of Bodø.
  • It is easy to take the bus from the airport or city center to campus.

Accomodation in Bodø

  • At campus there is a student hotel “Nordavind” wich offers short-time rent. For more information. 
  • You may also stay at a hotel in the centre of Bodø.
  • We advise you to book accommodation as early as possible as hotels in Bodø at times are fully booked