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Theory of Science and Research Design for Geographers

Level of Study

Master

Semester of Instruction

Autumn

Objectives and Content

This a course in theory of science for both physical and human geographers. Through this course students should get insights in, and be able to critically reflect upon, theory or philosophy of science perspectives and concepts and their implications for research design, as well as perspectives on the relation between science and society. The course aims to enable students to use such insights and critical reflections in their own work.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The student

  • has knowledge of basic theory or philosophy of science perspectives and concepts and their implications for research design
  • has knowledge about different perspectives on the relation between science and society

Skills

The student

  • can critically reflect upon different perspectives in philosophy or theory of science relevant for their own work and for the discipline of geography
  • can formulate academic arguments based on different epistemological positions or perspectives
  • can outline the implications of different perspectives in philosophy or theory of science for research design

General competence

The student

  • can critically reflect upon philosophy or theory of science aspects and societal aspects of his/hers own research and academic area of expertise, including when communicating across disciplines or societal domains
  • can critically reflect upon the relation between science/expertise and society

Required Previous Knowledge

Knowledge about geography's history of ideas.

Access to the Course

Enrolled in the Master Programme in Geography or the Master Programme in Development Geography.

Teaching and learning methods

2 lectures á 2 hours pr. week.

Total: 5 Joint lectures for human and physical geography

2 lectures á 2 hours pr. week.

Total: 3 Parallel lectures for human and physical geography

Total: 8 lectures (24 hours) 6-8 weeks

2 parallel seminars for human and physical geography

1 Joint seminar for human and physical geography

Total: 3 seminars (6 hours) 3-4 weeks

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

None

Forms of Assessment

Home exam, 5 days

Grading Scale

Grading A-F

Subject Overlap

GEO301 - 10 ects

GEO302 - 10 ects

Assessment Semester

Autumn and spring

Course Evaluation

GEO308 will be evaluated minimum every third semester

Contact

Contact Information

Department of Geography

Studieveileder@geog.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Home exam

    Submission deadline
    24.11.2017, 14:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    06.11.2017
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam