Postgraduate course

Philosophy of Science and Method for Master's Degrees in Language and Linguistics

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeLINGMET
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish if students not speaking Norwegian attend, otherwise Norwegian
  • Resources

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

This course discusses different perspectives in philosophy of science related to language research and gives an introduction to the collection, construction and use of text corpora. With varying content from semester to semester, other methods can be taken up, for instance, field methods and the use of informants; elaboration and use of questionaires; statistical methods for processing of corpus data and informant data.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to apply the knowledge in philosophy of science and methodology in their work with their master's theses, and will be able to discuss common methodology questions across the various sciences of language.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

A bachelor degree with a language oriented specialization.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

LING301 (5 ECTS credits).

LING311 (10 ECTS credits).

Access to the Course

Open to all who have been admitted to the master's program in Linguistics or Natural Language Processing or another language related master's program at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars and practical exercises, about 2 hours per week. Normally teachers from different language subjects will take part in the teaching.

If fewer than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department¿s guidelines regarding this on ¿Mitt UiB¿. For courses where this is a possibility, the students get information about this at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline regarding semester registration February 1 / September 1.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

To be allowed to the exam, students must have handed in two obligatory assignments given during the course.

An individual reading list must be provided (normally as the bibliography in the term paper).

Forms of Assessment

Term paper with a length of about 3000¿4000 words (not including references, notes and appendices)

Grading Scale


Reading List

The reading list may consist of about 2/3 common materials and 1/3 materials chosen in consultation with the student's own department and in connection with the language studied by the student. The reading includes contributions to the philosophy of science in linguistics, introductions to linguistic methods and illustrating articles, in all about 400 pages.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation of the offered course will be carried out in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assessment system.


Contact Information

Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies

Mail address: advice@lle.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Term paper

    Submission deadline
    22.05.2018, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam