This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

This course deepens themes and issues in philosophy of science and moral philosophy pertaining to health sciences. It proceeds from the everyday practice of care to analyse how we acquire knowledge of what humans beings are and how we should care about human beings. From this the student is expected to develop contextual sensitivity, independent judgment and argumentative skill.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of this course, the students are expected to have the following knowledge, skills and competence:
The candidate:
  • has critical understanding of philosophy of science in health sciences
  • has critical understanding of moral philosophy in health sciences
  • can assess professional contexts and traditions

The candidate:
  • can articulate how care and other fundamental concepts of human beings are first learnt in living a human life and then taken up in health sciences
  • can analyse the relation of fundamental everyday concepts (such as care, trust, mind, and body) on the one hand and scientific and moral concepts (such as physiology, psychology, virtue, and duty) on the other hand
  • can articulate how the interhuman is fundamental to knowing and caring about humans, and how the interhuman is achieved in dialogue
  • can analyse different concepts of science and morality
  • can argue in writing for a conclusion about the philosophy of health sciences

General competence
The candidate:
  • can analyse and critically assess scientific and moral issues in the philosophy of health sciences
  • can identify relationships between the philosophy of health sciences and the methodological and ethical considerations of clinical research


This course gives a deepened and critical understanding of themes and issues in philosophy of science and moral philosophy pertaining to health science through primary sources.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

Ex.Phil. or equivalent introductory course to philosophy.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Semester work1/1 A - FAll.
Individual semester paper of 3,000 words (+/-10%) excluding title, table of contents and reference list.

Course teacher(s)

Study Program Director
Margareth Kristoffersen , Hildegunn Sagvaag
Course coordinator
Sebastian Rehnman

Method of work

Forms of work will include lectures, conversations, group work and individual work. A major emphasis will be placed on self-study. Active student participation and close dialogue between students and teacher are the constituent elements of the pedagogical forms of work.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Philosophy of Science and Ethics (MHV140_1) 10

Open to

This course is open to all Master's students. Candidates wih a relevant Bachelor's degree may apply for admission to the course if there are places available.

Course assessment

There is continuous evaluation of the quality of the teaching and learning experience according to current regulations.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 20.09.2020