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Philo­sophy of Sci­ence

  • Course type: PhD training component.
  • Year of study: The first year of study.
  • Final assessment: Internal or external examiner.
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the PhD programme.
  • Language of instruction: Scandinavian languages. Occasionally, instruction is given in English.

Course description

Course organiser: PhD Committee.

This course explores science philosophical issues relevant to research in the PhD programme areas.

Learning objectives

On completion of the course, the candidate is expected to

  • demonstrate her/his insight into the central philosophy of science traditions, with the ability to analyse and discuss positions, terms, perspectives, and problems relevant to their research field demonstrate her/his ability to reflect critically and autonomously on the philosophy of science issues
  • contribute to the development of theory and terminology within her/his own field
  • assess and critically analyse theories and research results within her/his own field, and on a scientific basis, challenge established knowledge and practices
  • discuss science theoretical issues in her/his own doctoral work in light of course material and discussions


Core subjects and themes include:

  • Phenomenology
  • Hermeneutics
  • Critical theory
  • Grounded theory
  • Postmodern perspectives (such as discursive theory, poststructuralism, deconstructuralism, and gender theory)
  • Normally, compulsory readings of approximately 700-800 pages will cover the course themes


The course is comprised of lectures, presentations, discussions and assignments. Independent study of the assigned course literature is a central part of the course work.

Candidates have registered automatically for instruction/supervision and assessment in the course in accordance with the study progress requirements set out in the individual education plan.

Course requirements

Course requirements not specified.

Final assessment

Fulfilment of course objectives is demonstrated through a written essay of 7000-8000 words (excl. references and supplements).

The candidate is assessed in relation to the course objectives. The final assessment will be given as a pass/fail mark, which will be determined by an internal or external examiner.

See special guidelines for the essay.

In the case of re-assessment, the same procedures as for an ordinary assessment will be followed.

Study component

Published: Sep 15, 2020 — Last updated: Aug 14, 2023