- Course code: PHD902
- Credits: 5
- Language: English
Study program affiliation:
Theory of Science PHD902
The course offers advanced training in the theory of science, highlighting both historical and contemporary perspectives, and key conceptual and fundamental issues. It deals with different positions in the interdisciplinary field, including the issue of historicity, the relationship between rationality and emotions, critical realism, practice theory socio-material issues, and systematic, normative, and critical positions. The course includes the following topics:
- Different positions and models of understanding for the study of the historical past
- The position of rational choice, the understanding of emotions as interwoven with rationality
- Different understandings of theology as a systematic and contemporary enterprise are presented, compared, and discussed
- An empirical approach to normativity, and where normativity is constituted in social and material practices
- Questions related to power, recognition, and marginalization in knowledge production, including decolonizing perspectives
MODES OF TEACHING AND LEARNING ACTIVITIES
- Mandatory presentations by the students
- Paper writing
The course is offered every second autumn semester- approximately 20 hours distributed over four days.
- Attend the course seminar (min. 75 %)
- Submit a draft (1000-1500 words) for a course paper two weeks before the first session
- Submit min. four questions on the background of the work with the course paper
- Respond to the paper and questions of one fellow PhD student
- Either submit a draft for a course paper within three weeks after the course (1000-1500 words) or submit a final version of the course paper (4000-5000 words) within three weeks after the course.
- Participate in the evaluation of the course, if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term
The course is graded ‘passed’/’not passed.’
COURSE OBJECTIVE AND AIM
The students will gain
- historical and contemporary perspectives of the theory of science
- key conceptual and fundamental issues within the theory of science
- how various disciplines and theoretical approaches relate to each other and the tasks they are intended to solve
- how one’s own research project is located, functions, and is situated within the research context and relevant areas /disciplines
- Ability to identify, reason, and argue on relevant issues related to the theory of science in their own research project
- Ability to write a summary of own research which can communicate for a broader audience/ in the public debate
Here you can find the reading list for this course.
Part of the literature will be available digitally, while other parts might only be available in paper format. Some of the literature will be available as compendiums, which you can find via the course room in Canvas.
You will automatically get access to literature that is available digitally when you are sitting at MF, otherwise you can get access by using Oria or by using "External access" in the library's list of databases.
Note that it will take some time before link to the reading list is updated. Please make sure that you are looking at the correct semester's reading list.