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’). Topics include:
Objectivity and the role of values in the human sciences.
Social ontology and constructivism.
Understanding (interpretation) and explanation.
Individualism versus holism.
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.
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
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.
Active participation in lectures and seminarsActive participation in lectures and seminars
Active participation in lectures and seminars (at least 75% attendance).
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
PhD Course in Philosophy of Science (DSP102_2)
PhD candidates enrolled in PhD programmes at the University of Stavanger and at cooperating research institutions may participate in the course.
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student 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 course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.