ILP415 Theory of science in development and planning studies
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Course responsible: Petter Andreas Næss
Teachers: Beata Sirowy, Timothy Kevin Richardson, Anne Katrine Geelmuyden, Terje Bent Kvilhaug
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
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This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2013-2014
PhD students belonging to the ILP doctoral school
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 public health. The course includes a number of sessions where some influential contemporary strands (empiricism, phenomenology, poststructuralism and critical realism) will be presented and discussed more in depth. Each session starts with a lecture of 45 minutes, with one hour of subsequent discussion (and with a 15 min. break in-between). The possibilities and limitations of 'research by design' will also be addressed.
A considerable part of the course will be devoted to discussion of papers written by the participants and submitted to the organizers prior to the course. These papers should normally focus on the ontological, epistemologial and methodological 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.
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 implications of each of the main positions within philosophy of science for spatial planning, landscape architeture, land management and public health, and for research within these areas.
Lectures, seminars, and writing and presentation of a scientific paper
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Master degree in planning, landscape architecture, land management, public health science or another relevant subject with the mark C or better. The candidate must be part of an approved existing PhD program.
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 4000 to 7000 words on a stated topic by the set deadline, and this paper must have been approved by the censor.
5 ECTS (150 hours)
Participants must be part of a PhD programme
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