MINA400 Research Education Across Disciplines
Showing course contents for the educational year 2022 - 2023 .
Course responsible: Rani Lill Anjum
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
Teaching exam periods:
The course runs throughout the year and doesn't have a formal start- or end date. Credits are awarded when the workload is done and approved.
Course frequency: Continuous
First time: Study year 2022-2023
The course is organised as a series of monthly seminars for PhD students and early career researchers at NMBU, with the aim to build a culture for critical thinking, ethical reflection, and constructive interdisciplinary dialogue. The course offers an introduction to some foundational, normative and practical aspects of research, with perspectives from philosophy of science and research ethics. Themes include: disciplinary research traditions and barriers for interdisciplinary collaboration, scope and limits of research methods, social responsibility of research, values in science, data-gaps and blind spots, transparency of basic assumptions, science communication, research integrity and ethical awareness (RRI), and national and international research ethics guidelines.
The course is organised as monthly research meetings, followed by work sessions exclusively for early career researchers (PhD candidates and Postdocs). The themes are introduced and discussed in an interdisciplinary setting, with invited guests, where researchers from all career stages are invited to join the first part. The following work sessions are tailored to early career researchers, and are reserved for presentations, discussions and practical exercises, where the students get ample opportunity to informally discuss foundational, ethical and practical issues of common interest with researchers from other disciplines.
All meetings and discussions are facilitated, but students are encouraged to engage in the planning and execution of the open meetings (e.g. choose a theme or introduce the discussion).
The syllabus is given as a set of relevant resources and background readings, published in Canvas before the meetings, where students choose those that are most relevant for their own research context.
Students are welcome to follow all meetings and work sessions throughout their PhD period, but a minimum of 10 meetings plus work sessions (20 hours) must be attended, with documented preparation, oral or written deliveries, and active participation. Students choose the sessions that are most relevant for their own research, but minimum 4 sessions must have a theoretical theme and minimum 4 sessions must cover research ethics. The mandatory course work can be completed within a year or spread over a longer period.
Portfolio assessment. Individual written reflection document(s), oral presentations in groups, preparation of group discussion material, peer-feedback on reflection documents.
PhD-candidates enrolled at NMBU (postdocs are welcome)
Reduction of credits:
The course overlaps with PHI401, VET400 and other phd-courses in philosophy of science and research ethics.
Type of course:
Ca 2 hours per month.
External examiner approves the assessment criterias.
Examination details: Portfolio assessment: Passed / Not Passed