Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities


VITHF900: Theory of science and ethics at the Faculty of Humanities and the Grieg Academy - Department of Music

The Course VITHF900 - Theory of Science and Ethics, is a mandatory part of the doctoral education at the Faculty of Humanities and Grieg Academy - Department of Music.

Course description

ECTS: 10

Language of instruction: English

Course unit level: PhD

Access to the Course Unit: Students enrolled in the PhD programme at the Faculty of Humanities and at the Grieg Academy - Department of Music.

Aim and Content
The aim of the course is 1) to give an overview of key topics in theory of science, such as the relationship between science and society, normative issues related to science, and ethical issues in science (including research ethics), and philosophy of science, and 2) to offer students an arena and opportunity to reflect critically upon their own research.

The course consists of four parts:

  1. 4-day seminar in theory of science and ethics.
  2. Supervision of a paper discussing problems in theory of science and/or ethics relevant for the student's own project.
  3. Presentation and discussion of the paper.
  4. Commenting upon 2 papers written by peers.

Learning outcomes
Upon completing the course and the presentation and discussion of the paper, the student is expected to have demonstrated: Knowledge of general problems of theory of science and ethics, and an ability to identify and discuss in detail, problems in theory of science and/or ethics that are directly relevant to the student’s project, or to the field of study in which the project belongs.

Master’s degree, or equivalent.

Mandatory requirements:

  1. Prepare for (read text compendium) and take part in seminar in the theory of science and ethics at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT). The course takes place annually in January. Attendance at seminar: min. 80%.
  2. Write a paper in theory of science and ethics. The paper is submitted electronically.
  3. Take part in supervision of paper in groups and/or individually.
  4. Provide comments to papers by two peers following their public presentation (cf. below).

Assessment methods:
The committee must recommend the paper before it can be presented. The presentation takes place in the form of a public lecture (30 min.) followed by a discussion with committee members and peers (45min.) Final assessment is given by the committee after the presentation and discussion.

The members of the assessment committee is proposed jointly by the student's home department and the SVT, and shall normally consist of the supervisor of the PhD project, a representative of the faculty at the student’s department/academic field, and the representative from the SVT. The committee is appointed by the SVT.

Deadline for submitting paper is April 30th. Presentation of the paper will take place before the end of spring term. The total workload for the course is approx. 8 weeks. Length of paper: approx. 20 000 bytes, spacing included.

The department shall make copies of the recommended manuscript available to the public within one week before the presentation.

Grading scale:
Approved/not approved

Place of teaching:

Course evaluation:
Participating students will evaluate the course in accordance with the University’s system of quality assurance.


VITHF900 Spring semester, 2018

The next 4-day seminar will be held in January, 2018. Participation in all the four days of the course is mandatory. The two first days of the course are held in Bergen on Monday and Tuesday the 15th and 16th of January, while the two following course days are held at Fleischer’s Hotel in Voss on the Monday and Tuesday the 22nd and 23rd afterwards. SVT books the hotel rooms for everyone.

Enrolment details:

Please send application for enrollment by the 1. of December 2017 to: judith.larsen@uib.no

Do not use MY UIB – send application directly to Judith Larsen

The application must include:
1. Identity number
2. Name of Institute
3. Research topic
4. Name of supervisor (s)
5. A copy of the project or project summary

NOTE: This course is only for PhD students at the Faculty of Humanities and the Grieg Academy - Department of Music at the University of Bergen.