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Postgraduate course

Theory and ethics of Science

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeHELVIT300
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Main content

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

1. To provide an introduction to the philosophy of science and research ethics.

2. To provide an introduction to scientific reasoning, to basic science dilemmas and to scientific approaches with particular relevance for the different study tracks.

Learning Outcomes


The student should be able to account for:

  • The content of central traditions within the philosophy of science.
  • Basic research tools within the philosophy of science (the understanding of central concepts, classifications and principles of logic).
  • The content of relevant principles and guidelines within research ethics.


The student should be able to:

  • Critically analyze and discuss epistemological dilemmas encountered within own practical field (research track)
  • Reflect on the production of knowledge within own practical field
  • Critically assess scientific papers with respect to their philosophy of science perspective(s).
  • Assess research ethical and societal challenges related to one¿s own professional field.
  • Exercise research-ethical judgments pertaining to concrete research projects.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

HELVIT300 has full overlap with HELSAM302 (5sp).

Access to the Course

Integrated Master in Pharmacy, Master in Biomedicine, Master in Human Nutrition

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures with student-active elements

Group work


Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The course will consist of a 2-week period of lectures and group work.

10-days of essay writing only for students registering for examination in HELVIT300.


  • Plenary lectures Seminars with targeting of specific study tracks
  • Group work
  • Self-study

The students will have to write an essay on maximum 7 pages (with font 12). Maximum 3 students can write an essay together (each person's contribution will then have to be accounted for in the reflection note)

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Min. 80% attendance on lectures and seminars, and active participation in group.

Forms of Assessment

Essay and reflection note e (regarding the writing of the essay)

  • 5 to 7 pages, including references (font 12, line spacing 1,5).

Grading Scale

Pass / Fail

Assessment Semester


Reading List

A reading list will be found on Mitt UiB

Course Evaluation

Written evaluation.

Programme Committee

Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine

Course Coordinator

Professor Kristine Bærøe

Course Administrator

Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care


Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care

e-mail: studie@igs.uib.no

Course coordinator:

Kristine Bærøe