PhD Course in Philosophy of Science (DUH102)

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




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Semester tution start


Number of semesters


Exam semester


Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


The course will give a broad orientation on central issues in the philosophy of science related to the social sciences and the humanities (‘the human sciences’). The main topics are:

  • Objectivity and the role of values in the human sciences.
  • Feministic perspectives on science.
  • Social ontology and constructivism.
  • Scientific explanation.
  • Individualism versus holism.
  • Fundamental questions related to qualitative and quantitative methodology.

Learning outcome


The student will gain knowledge of fundamental philosophical issues related to the social sciences and the humanities.


By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Facilitate critical reflection and argumentation upon presuppositions that may easily be taken for granted in their own research tradition, or in science as a whole.
  • Relate discipline-specific topics to general reflections and concepts of philosophy of science.

General competence

By the end of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate competence in analytical discussion and well-structured academic argumentation.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Individual paper 1/1 Passed / Not Passed

• Evaluation will be based on one individual paper (2500 words (+/- 10%)) on a self-chosen topic approved by the instructor.
• The paper must be written in English or in a Scandinavian language.
• The paper must be submitted within six weeks after the topic has been approved.
• The paper is evaluated pass/fail.

Coursework requirements

Active participation in lectures and seminarsActive participation in lectures and seminars
Active participation in lectures and seminars (at least 75% attendance).

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

Kenan Dikilitas

Study Program Director:

Hein Berdinesen

Course coordinator:

Ståle Gundersen

Course teacher:

Ulrich Dettweiler

Course teacher:

Marianne Hafnor Bøe

Method of work

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

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
PhD Course in Philosophy of Science (DSP102_2) 5

Open for

PhD candidates enrolled in PhD programmes at the University of Stavanger and at cooperating research institutions may participate in the course.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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