VT409E Philosophy of Science and Research Ethics

23-25 November 2020 and 8-10 February 2021

ECTS Credits: 7.5 
Level of course: PhD Level 
Type of course: Compulsory 
Duration: 2 semesters
Study start: Autumn 2020
Study place: Bodø 
Faculty responsible:  Nord university/Business school (HHN) 
Language of instruction: English 
Course responsible person: Ove Jakobsen ​​​​

Costs: No costs except litterature and materials.

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 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 can manage complex interdisciplinary assignments and projects

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

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): Understatnding Philosophy of Science, 

Jakobsen, Ove (2018): Readings in Philosophy of science and research ethics, Nord university 

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

Deadline: 15 October, 2020
Participants from Nord university are prioritized.​

Practical information

The city of Bodø

Bodø is home to aro​und 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” which 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