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VITHF905 - Theory of Science and Ethics

VITHF905 engages Ph.D. candidates in research ethics and in key areas of theory of science with an emphasis on the humanities and the relationship between research and society.

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The course in the Theory of Science and Ethics, for which the Center for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities is responsible, is a mandatory part of the doctoral education at the Faculty of Humanities and of The Grieg Academy - Department of Music, at the Faculty of Art, Music and Design. PhD candidates can choose between either VITHF905 or VITHF900 in order to fulfil this requirement.

Ph.D.-course: Theory of Science and Ethics (VITHF905)

VITHF905(5 ECTS) engages Ph.D. candidates in research ethics, and in key areas of theory of science with an emphasis on the humanities and the relationship between research and society.

VITHF905 is a mandatory part of the researcher training at the Faculty of Humanities and the Grieg Academy’s Institute of Music.

The course is only open for Ph.D. candidates at the Faculty of Humanities and the Grieg Academy - Department of Music.

The course is held by The Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) in the Spring semester. The five-day seminar is usually held in January.

The course is in English.

  1. A five-day seminar with lectures and discussions on theory of science and ethics.
  2. Paper (2500 words) which discusses ethical and/or methodological or scientific problems with relevance for the candidate’s PhD-project.

Note that candidates who has taken VITHF905 are eligible to take Supervised Paper in Theory of Science and Ethics, VITHF910 (5 credits). The candidates can thereby extend the shorter paper from VITHF905, or write a new and longer paper in theory of sciences or ethics with relevance for their field of research or Ph.D. project.

Course description

Kategori

 Tekst 

Emnekode

VITHF905

Namn på emnet, nynorsk

Vitskapsteori og etikk

Namn på emnet, bokmål

Vitenskapsteori og etikk

Namn på emnet, engelsk

Theory of Science and Ethics

Studiepoeng, omfang

 

ECTS Credits

5 ECTS

Studienivå (studiesyklus)

 

Level of Study

PhD

Fulltid/deltid

 

Full-time/Part-time

 

Undervisningsspråk

English

Undervisningssemester

 

Semester of Instruction

Spring

Undervisningsstad

 

Place of Instruction

 

The Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT). Two of the five seminar days are normally held outside of Bergen.

Mål og innhald

 

 

 

 

Objectives and Content

The aim of the course is 1) to engage Ph.D. candidates in key areas of theory of science with an emphasis on the philosophy of humanities and research ethics, as well the relationship between research and society, and 2) to offer candidates an arena for critical reflection upon their own field of research and their Ph.D. projects. and 3) to develop this into a paper.

Læringsutbytte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Outcomes

 

Upon completing the course and the presentation and discussion of the paper, the Ph.D. candidate is expected to have demonstrated: Knowledge of general problems of theory of science and ethics, and an ability to identify and discuss such problems as applying to the candidate’s  field of research and to presuppositions for his or her Ph.D. project.

 

Krav til forkunnskapar

Masters degree, or equivalent.

 

Tilrådde forkunnskapar                                      

 

 

Studiepoengsreduksjon

The course overlaps with VITHF900 (5 ECTS)

Krav til studierett

 

Ph.D.-candidates enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the Faculty of Humanities and at the Grieg Academy - Department of Music.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching and Learning Methods

 

Lectures, plenary discussions, group discussions.

Obligatorisk undervisningsaktivitet

 

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

1. Prepare for (read text compendium) and take part in the five-day 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 and February. Attendance at seminar: min. 80%.

 

Vurderingsformer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forms of Assessment

 

A paper (2500 words) on a self-chosen topic on a problem in theory of science and/or ethics with relevance for the candidate’s field of research or own project. The paper must be recommended for submission before it can be submitted.

 

The paper should be submitted within 6 weeks after the five-day seminar.

 

 

 

Hjelpemiddel til eksamen

 

Examination Support Material

 

Karakterskala

 

 

 

 

 

Grading Scale

Approved/not approved

Vurderingssemester

 

 

Assessment Semester

Spring

Litteraturliste

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading List

 Will be made available before December 1st.

 

Emneevaluering

 

Course Evaluation

 

Participating candidates will evaluate the course in accordance with the University’s system of quality assurance.

Programansvarleg

 

Course Coordinator

 

Programstyret har ansvar for fagleg innhald og oppbygging av studiet og for kvaliteten på studieprogrammet og alle emna der.

Emneansvarleg

Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT)

Administrativt ansvarleg

 

Course Administrator

 

Higher Executive Officer, Judith Ann Larsen.

 

Judith.Larsen@uib.no

 

Kontaktinformasjon

 

Contact Information

Senior Executive Officer; Sigrid Sandal

Sigrid.Sandal@uib.no

More course information

Vitskapsteori og etikk (VITHF905)………………. (Namn på emnet, nynorsk)

Vitenskapsteori og etikk (VITHF905)………………. (Navn på emnet,, bokmål)

Theory of Science and Ethics (VITHF905)……. (Name of the course,  English)

Godkjenning:

Emnebeskrivinga er godkjend av (Fakultetet brukar nemningar for godkjenningsorgan i samsvar med eigen praksis.):         

Programstyret:  …………………………………….(dd.mm.år)

         

Institutt for …………….. :     .………………………(dd.mm.år)

………… fakultet: …………………………………….(dd.mm.år)

 

Emnebeskrivinga vart justert:            …………………………………….(dd.mm.år) av ……………………………………………………………….

 

Evaluering:

Emnet vart sist evaluert: …………………………………….(dd.mm.år)

Neste planlagde evaluering:     …………………………………….(dd.mm.år)