Course code APL415

APL415 Theory of Science in Spatial Planning, Landscape Architecture and Land Management

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Course responsible: Petter Andreas Næss
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2013-2014
Last time: 2014H
Preferential right:
PhD students belonging to the ILP doctoral school
Course contents:

The course will present different strands within philosophy of science and involve the course participants in discussions about the implications of each of these meta-theoretical positions for research and professional practice within spatial planning, landscape architecture, land management and health policy. The lectures include a session providing a general overview of the main traditional positions within philosophy of science, as well as sessions where some influential contemporary strands (phenomenology, poststructuralism, critical pragmatism and critical realism) will be presented and discussed more in depth. The possibilities and limitations of 'research by design' will also be addressed, and at the end of the course there will be a discussion of main ethical challenges and dilemmas in research within the fields of spatial planning, landscape architecture, land management and public health policy.

A considerable part of the ourse will be dvoted to diussion of papers written by the parrticipants and submitted to the organizers prior to the course. These paprs should normally focus on the ontological, epistemologial and methodologica assumptions on which the partcipants' PhD projects are based, or ethical dilemmas related to their research, but papers focusing on other topics relevant to the content of the course may also be accepted.

Learning outcome:
After having completed the course, the PhD students are expected to possess good knowledge of the most important positions within contemporary discourses in philosophy of science. The course will enable the PhD students to reflect on the implictions of each of the main positions within philosophy of science for spatial planning, landscape architeture, land management and public health policy, and for research within these areas. The course will also develop the participants' skills in ethical judgments relevant to research within these fields.
Learning activities:
Lectures, seminars, and writing and presentation of a scientific paper
Teaching support:
To be announced
Master degree in planning, landscape architecture, land management, public health sciene or another relevant subject with the ark C or better. The course must be included as a part of an approved existing PhD program.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Submission of paper, participation in at least 70 % of the lectures and seminars
Running evaluation. In order to pass the exam of the course, students must have attended and participated actively during least 70% of the mandatory activities. In additiion, they must have submitted a paper of 3000 to 5000 words on a stated topic within the set deadline, and this paper must have been approved by the censor.
Nominal workload:
5 ECTS (150 hours)
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
30 timer
Examination details: :