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Philosophy of Science and Moral Philosophy MHV140

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 and science 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. Here philosophy of science deals with the most fundamental concepts in attaining knowledge and science about health, while moral philosophy deals with the most fundamental concepts in pursuing care and treatment for health.


Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.

Facts
Course code

MHV140

Version

2

Credits (ECTS)

10

Semester tution start

Autumn

Number of semesters

1

Exam semester

Autumn

Language of instruction

English, Norwegian

Content
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. Philosophy of science deals with the most fundamental concepts in attaining knowledge and science about health, while moral philosophy deals with the most fundamental concepts in pursuing care and treatment for health. Conceptual clarity is decisive for empirical research and crucial for a society that increasingly relies on evidential claims in the health sciences for funding and governing.
Learning outcome

Upon completion of this course, the students are expected to have the following knowledge, skills and competence: 

Knowledge

The candidate:

  • has advanced knowledge and critical understanding of philosophy of science in health sciences
  • has advanced knowledge and critical understanding of moral philosophy in health sciences

Skills

The candidate:

  • can analyse how knowledge, science, 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 relationships 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 analyse how the interhuman is fundamental to knowing and caring about humans, and how knowledge and science of the interhuman is achieved in dialogue
  • can differentiate between conceptual and empirical investigations
  • can evaluate different concepts of knowledge, science and morality
  • can argue in writing for a conclusion about the philosophy of health sciences
  • can analyse and assess professional contexts and traditions

General competence

The candidate:

  • can creatively analyse and critically assess scientific and moral issues in health sciences
  • can identify and articulate relationships between the health sciences and the methodological and ethical considerations of clinical research
  • can reflectively apply advanced knowledge to everyday healthcare practice
Required prerequisite knowledge
None
Recommended prerequisites
Ex.Phil. or equivalent introductory course to philosophy.
Exam
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Semester work 1/1 Letter grades All

Individual semester paper of 3,000 words (+/-10%) excluding title, table of contents and reference list.

Course teacher(s)
Study Program Director: Margareth Kristoffersen
Course coordinator: Sebastian Rehnman
Method of work
Forms of work will include lectures, conversations, group work and individual work on campus and/or digital platform. 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.
Open for
This course is open to all Master's students. Candidates with 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.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Philosophy of Science and Ethics (MHV140) 10
Research Methods, Theory of Science, and Ethics (MSS100) 10
Literature
The syllabus can be found in Leganto