Course code PHI401

PHI401 Research Ethics and Philosophy of Science I

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Course responsible: Frode Kjosavik
Teachers: Terje Bent Kvilhaug
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
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: 2009H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
This introductory course in philosophy of science will provide the student with a good basis for a better understanding of issues concerning research ethics and social responsibility of science by viewing science as a practice form and by examining its own ethical aim ("good" science). Among issues to be discussed are: The value- and norm systems of science, facts and values, political-economical interests and scientific integrity, research ethical guidelines, duties towards other scientists and research objects, science, technology and society, ethical challenges in developmental research, science and pseudo-science, scientific rationality and scientific methods, scientific realism and social constructivism, metaphors and theory formation, theoretical experience/experimental experience.
Learning outcome:
The student shall gain an increased understanding of science in practice, i.e., science as it is carried out in diverse ways within the natural, social and cultural field. The student shall develop increased knowledge of what is characteristic of scientific practice, of rationality and methods within different fields, of the aims of science, and of how science is influenced by society, and of what kind of social and cultural consequences it has. The student shall develop skills for identifying philosophical/ethical problems within one's own and others' research field. The student shall build competence for general critical reflection on science and ethical competence for handling certain aspects of scientific work.
Learning activities:
Digital lectures and seminars, in addition to application of theory in term paper.
Teaching support:
Teachers will be available by appointment.
Chalmers + compendium. May be subject to changes.
Recommended prerequisites:
Examen Philosophicum or equivalent.
Mandatory activity:
Students must attend at least 65 % of the lectures and seminars. Approved mandatory activites are valid until the end of the next course period. It is possible to hand in a new term paper the subsequent year without attending lectures and seminars for that year.
Term paper (100%). No re-examination. In writing the term paper, students are required to make use of - and include references to - relevant course literature. They are encouraged to make use of additional literature as well, if they find it interesting or necessary to do so.
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Entrance requirements:
Reduction of credits:
The course PHI 401 overlaps with the first part of the course PHI 402. (PHI402 is no longer offered.)
Type of course:
Around 28 hours of lectures + seminars and group discussions.
Quality assessment of the syllabus and the essay questions is ensured by the use of an external examiner.
Examination details: Term paper: Passed / Failed