Course code FHV315

FHV315 Philosophy of Science and Research Methods, Public Health

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Course responsible: Ingeborg Amalie Pedersen
Teachers: Geir Aamodt
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
The course starts up in August, but it runs through the autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: Study year 2017-2018
Preferential right:
Course contents:

- Introduction to important traditions within philosophy of science 

 - Introduction to various kinds of research questions and the relationship between research questions and design.

- Introduction to research ethics

- Introduction to various qualitative research design, data collection methods and analysis

- Introduction to various quantitative research design, data collection methods and analysis

- Introduction to quality requirements in qualitative and quantitative research

Learning outcome:


  • Have knowledge of important tradisions within philosophy of science and approaches relevant to the field.
  • Have knowledge of the ethical issues related to research in the field.
  • Have knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research design, data collection methods and data analysis traditions.
  • Have knowledge of assessing the quality of qualitative and quantitative research.


  • Be able to reflect critically and independently on relationships between research questions, research design, choice of methodology and research ethics.
  • Be able to use important qualitative and quantitative methods and software for analysis.
  • Be able to reflect critically on the choice of research design, methodology and research results based on scientific arguments.


  • Be able to apply their knowledge and skills on research related issues
  • Be able to analyze and handle relevant ethical issues connected to practice and research
  • Be able to communicate issues connected to the field, and analyzes and conclusions based on the discipline's expression, both with experts and the public
  • Be able to contribute to innovation in research and evidence-based practice and participate in professional critical reflection.
Learning activities:
Lectures, lectures via video, seminars, data-lab and self study
Teaching support:
An overview will be available upon the start of the course
Bachelor degree or similar
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Assignment in philosophy of science and in qualitative method, written exam in quantitative method. Written exam count 40% and each assignment 30% of final grade. All parts have to be passed to obtain a final grade.
Nominal workload:
450 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Reduction of credits:
Overlap with the courses MAFOLK4000 and MAFOLK4100 combined.
Type of course:
The course is based on 5 gatherings, approx.15 days full time.
External examiner will participate in part of the evaluation.
Allowed examination aids: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / F