AK2032 Theory and Methodology of Science (Social Science) 4.5 credits

Vetenskapsteori och vetenskaplig metodik (samhällsvetenskap)

Please note

The information on this page is based on a course syllabus that is not yet valid.

The aim of the course is to provide a deeper understanding of the methodological and underlying philosophical issues that arise in science, and inspire to reflection on such issues within the student’s own area of study. After having taken the course the student should have acquired basic knowledge of the foundational issues in the methodology and philosophy of science.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 Period 3 for programme students

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P3 (4.5 credits)

  • Application code

    61106

  • Start date

    15/01/2019

  • End date

    15/03/2019

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Schedule

    Schedule (new window)

  • Planned timeslots

    P3: C1, G1, C2, D2, G2. more info

  • Course responsible

    Johan Berg <johan.berg@abe.kth.se>

  • Target group

    Open for students from all master programs and for students in semester 6 from the master of engineering programs.

Autumn 19 Period 1 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 19 P1 (4.5 credits)

  • Application code

    50391

  • Start date

    26/08/2019

  • End date

    25/10/2019

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Planned timeslots

    P1: B1, C1, B2, C2, D2. more info

    Module letters C1, C2, and D2 are for lectures. Module letters B1 and B2 are for seminars.

  • Course responsible

    Johan Berg <johan.berg@abe.kth.se>

  • Target group

    Open for students from all master programs and for students in semester 6 from the master of engineering programs.

Spring 20 Period 3 for programme students

  • Periods

    Spring 20 P3 (4.5 credits)

  • Application code

    61166

  • Start date

    15/01/2020

  • End date

    14/03/2020

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Course responsible

    Johan Berg <johan.berg@abe.kth.se>

  • Target group

    Open for students from all master programs and for students in semester 6 from the master of engineering programs.

Autumn 18 Period 1 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P1 (4.5 credits)

  • Application code

    50023

  • Start date

    27/08/2018

  • End date

    26/10/2018

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Schedule

    Schedule (new window)

  • Planned timeslots

    P1: B1, C1, B2, C2, D2. more info

    Module letters C1, C2, and D2 are for lectures. Module letters B1 and B2 are for seminars.

  • Course responsible

    Johan Berg <johan.berg@abe.kth.se>

  • Target group

    Open for students from all master programs and for students in semester 6 from the master of engineering programs.

Intended learning outcomes

After having completed the course, the student should, with regards to the theory and methodology of science, both orally as well as in writing, be able to:

  • Identify definitions and descriptions of concepts, theories and problem areas, as well as identify the correct application of these concepts and theories.
  • Account for concepts, theories and general problem areas, as well as apply concepts and theories to specific cases.
  • Critically discuss the definitions and applications of concepts and theories as they applies to specific cases of scientific research.

Course main content

The following is an incomplete list of topics covered in the course.

  • Scientific knowledge
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Observations and measurements
  • Experiments
  • Models
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Causes and explanations
  • Philosophy of social science
  • Philosophy of economics
  • Risk and risk assessment
  • Research ethics

Disposition

Lectures and seminars.

Eligibility

General requirements for master’s programmes. Proficiency in English corresponding to English B / English 6 in Swedish gymnasium.

Literature

To be announced at course start. All material is available through course platform. The following literature has been used previously:

  • Sven Ove Hansson "The Art of Doing Science" (compendium).
  • Till Grüne-Yanoff “Experiments, models and methodology” (compendium).
  • Video lectures.
  • Articles distributed during the course.

Examination

  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

A student may request a home exam, with the maximum grade of E, if two requirements are fulfilled: (1) This is the last remaining exam left before graduation. (2) It is not possible for the student to attend the written exam because the student is, at the point of the request, residing outside of Sweden and will be residing outside of Sweden for at least twelve months following the request. The examiner approves or denies these requests.

Requirements for final grade

Fullfilled seminar requirements and written exam.

Offered by

ABE/Philosophy

Contact

kurser.tamos@abe.kth.se

Examiner

Till Grüne-Yanoff <gryne@kth.se>

Supplementary information

Course coordinator: Johan Berg

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2019.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2008.