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VITHF900: Theory of science and ethics

VITHF900 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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Ph.D. course: VITHF900 Theory of Science and Ethics with Supervised Paper

VITHF900 (10 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. In addition to lectures, and discussions of these topics in a seminar setting, the course gives candidates the possibility to develop a longer paper in theory of science and/or ethics that bear directly on their field of research or Ph.D. project. The candidates write their papers in a supervised and deliberative process with representatives from the SVT and a small group of co-students.

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.

 

Content

  1. Five-day seminar with lectures and discussions on theory of science and ethics.
  2. Paper (4000-6000 words) discussing ethical and/or methodological or scientific problems with relevance for the candidate’s own field of research or PhD-project.
  3. Supervision of paper, individually and in discussion groups.
  4. Presentation of the paper with comments from a committee with representatives from the SVT and from their own department.

Note that VITHF900 overlaps with Theory of Science and Ethics VITHF905 (5 ECTS) and covers thus the mandatory part of the research training for Ph.D. candidates at the Faculty of Humanities and the Grieg Academy - Institute of Music. VITHF900 consists of the same five-day seminar as VITHF905, but it requires a longer paper, participation in supervision and a discussion group, as well as a presentation of the paper.