Students will acquire basic knowledge of the characteristics of the science of humanities, including problems and methods. Understanding of history, interpretation, rhetoric and aesthetics are central issues. Students will develop a critical attitude through the study of various methods and ways of thinking.
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 ontological and epistemological positions. Where it is appropriate, students are expected to have a reflected view on competing methods, schools and ontological positions.
The course consists of two disciplines: Science of Humanities (2/3) and General Science (1/3).
Science of Humanities introduces central problems and methods. Through studying a wide variety of examples, students will reflect upon their academic work with historical sources, interpretation challenges, rhetorical persuasion and aesthetical expressions.
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.
The course is given as lectures. The workload is estimated to 270 hours.
Assessment methods and criteria
5-hour written examination. The examination is divided into two parts: Humanities (counts 2/3) and Philosophy of Science (counts 1/3). Both parts must be passed. Graded assessment.
The person responsible for the course decides, in cooperation with student representative, the form of student evaluation and whether the course is to have a midway or end of course evaluation in accordance with the quality system for education, chapter 4.1.