Ways of knowing
Level of Study
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The objective of the course is that students learn how different sciences make up different ways of knowing, and how these relate to each other in interdisciplinary settings. They should learn that different practices, such as law, politics and science approach and define sustainability problems in different ways, and how different problem frames operate together, independently, and in conflict.
The course is closely connected to the content of the Introductory and Systems Thinking and Modelling courses, and introduces topics relating to `knowledge of knowledge¿ (in Norwegian: Vitskapsteori). It specifically addresses the following:
- Different ways of knowing
- Scientific risk, uncertainty, complexity and ignorance
- Legal problem articulation and reasoning
- Disciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity.
On completion of this course the students should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- can account for different forms of knowledge and their interrelations in practice, including legal, qualitative and system dynamic perspectives
- can account for differences between disciplinary, multi-disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches
- can account for and apply concepts of uncertainty, risk, ambiguity and ignorance
- can discuss differences between different theoretical perspectives and central concepts presented in the course
- Is capable of recognizing differing degrees of uncertainty, including in the student¿s own work
- can critically assess the merits and implications of different theoretical perspectives and central concepts presented in the course
- is able to critically assess and use data, scientific facts and evidence as produced and used within and across domains, and using various technologies and media
- can participate in interdisciplinary collaborations, situating and using the student¿s own knowledge in relation to other ways of knowing.
Required Previous Knowledge
Bachelor¿s degree or similar, with special competence equalling one and a half years of study (80 ECTS) in a field or specialisation relevant for the programme.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
The course is open to students enrolled in the Master's programme in sustainability at the University of Bergen
Teaching and learning methods
Systematically structured and supervised (`scaffolded¿) student-active learning, including:
lectures, case-studies, oral and written presentations, student peer review.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Participation in lectures and student-active groups (minimum 80 % attendance), written `reflection notes¿ applying the course literature to process and outcome of group work, oral presentation with feedback from student peers.
Forms of Assessment
Module paper (4000 words) related to the learning outcomes of the course.
Autumn. There is also an early assessment in the spring semester of students with valid compulsory assignments and attendance.
Will be available June 1st.
The course will be evaluated in accordance with the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.
The Program Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.
Program board for the Master's Program in Sustainability
The Center for the study of the sciences and humanities (Senter for vitskapstori, SVT) is administratively responsible for the program.