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This is the study programme for 2020/2021. It is subject to change.


Learning outcome

Knowledge
After completing the course, students should:
  • Have advanced knowledge of central issues in the philosophy of social science.
  • Have advanced knowledge of major approaches to the relevant issues.
  • Have advanced knowledge of the relevance of the philosophy of social science for social scientific research.

Skills
After completing the course, students should:
  • Be able to formulate new research questions within the philosophy of social science.
  • Be able to conduct research in the philosophy of social science at an international level.
  • Be able to apply concepts and theories within the philosophy of social science to social scientific research in fruitful ways.

General competence
After completing the course, students should:
  • Be able to communicate the results of research in the philosophy of social science through recognized national and international channels.
  • Be able to participate in debates within the philosophy of social science in international fora.
  • Be able to identify new and relevant ethical challenges, and conduct their research with academic integrity.

Contents

The course will acquaint students with philosophical issues raised by social science in general, and specific social scientific research designs in particular. Topics include:
  • The public policy relevance of social science
  • The role of values in social scientific research
  • The sense and possibility of objectivity in social science
  • The debate between naturalism and interpretivism in social science
  • Realism and anti-realism in social scientific theory construction
  • The sense of causality relevant to social sciences, and the role of causality considerations in social scientific research
  • The sense of rationality relevant to social science, and the role of rationality considerations in social scientific research
  • The significance of cognitive science for social science
  • Holism and methodological individualism in social scientific research
  • Models of explanation in social science

Required prerequisite knowledge

Participants must be enrolled in a PhD programme.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course is integrated with PHD101: Research Design, but can also be taken as a stand-alone course.

Exam

Weight Duration Marks Aid
Individual paper1/1 Pass - Fail
An individual paper of 4000 words (+/- 10%) in English on a self-chosen topic approved by the instructor. The paper must be submitted six weeks after the end of the course and will be evaluated as Pass/Fail.

Coursework requirements

At least one presentation.
Active participation in discussions

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Tarjei Mandt Larsen

Method of work

The course will be given in the form of five full-day seminars. A detailed timetable will be made available at the beginning of the course-semester.

Open to

PhD candidates enrolled in PhD programmes at the University of Stavanger or accredited universities/university colleges in Norway or abroad.

Course assessment

The course participants are encouraged to contribute to the course evaluation. An evaluation form will be made available to the candidates after the papers are handed in.

Literature


Reading List


This is the study programme for 2020/2021. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 01.06.2020