The course consists of two disciplines: General Science and The Philosophy of Science.
General Science introduces the thought characteristic for natural science, social science and the humanities. Questions related to why different methods are applied in different subject areas and the ethical challenges that the researcher meet are discussed.
Philosophy of Science emphasizes basic concepts within modern research, central methods and scientific argumentation and explanation. Various theories of epistemology and reality conception are included as well as various aspects of the relationship between science and society. The approach to the subject is mainly critical, as the various fundamental attitudes of the philosophy of science and argumentation will be discussed.
General Science (2/3)
Students will acquire basic knowledge of the characteristics and methods of natural science, social science and the humanities, based in part on well-known research. They will be made familiar with the limitations and advantages of various methods, and be able to reflect on ethical challenges connected to research.
Philosophy of Science (1/3)
Students will acquire a basic understanding of the language of science, scientific methods, scientific argumentation, scientific explanation, theories of truth and various epistemological positions. Where it is appropriate, students are expected to have a reflected view on competing methods.
Summer, Spring, Autumn
Faculty of Humanities and Education