PhD course

Theory of Science and Ethics

Course description

Language of instruction


Course content

The course addresses some problems of general interest in theory of science and ethics. Examples are complexity and uncertainty, the relationship between science and society, the ethical responsibility of scientists and moral dilemmas created by modern science.

The course also has a section of elective modules. Each module addresses a specific topic, and each participant has to select three modules.

Learning outcomes

The main objective of the course is to acquaint the participants with important topics in the theory of science that may be useful in the work on their own projects. At the same time they are supposed to develop a broader perspective of their own academic field, increasing their sensitivity to epistemological, ethical and societal aspects of their activity

Study period

Spring and fall semester

Specific terms

Form of assessment

In addition to the two written assignments an essay must be completed within two weeks after the end of the course. The assignments and the essay will be the basis for assessment. The final grade is "passed" or "failed".

Addtional information


The course is taught in concentrated form: All lectures and seminars take place in three weeks (Monday to Friday). The instruction is a mixture of lectures and seminars. The seminars address specific topics and go through exercises. During the course two written assignmens have to be submitted.

It is required that the participants attend 80 % of the lectures and seminars.

Academic responsibility

Jeroen van der Sluijs Center for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities

TLF: 555 82795. Epost: Jeroen.Sluijs@svt.uib.no

Exam information

Study period

Spring and fall semester