AK2050 Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Medical Ethics) 6.0 credits

Vetenskapsteori och vetenskaplig metodik med tillämpningar (medicinsk etik)

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, specially as regards the natural and technological sciences. The student should also be able to identify and critically discuss problems within the fields of medical ethics and the ethics of medical technology.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Built Environment
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P1 (4.5 credits), P2 (1.5 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Schedule

    Schedule (new window)

  • Planned timeslots

    P1: C1, I1, C2, D2, I2. P2: I1, I2. more info

    In period 1, module letters C1, C2, and D2 are for lectures, whereas module letters I1 and I2 are for seminars.

  • Course responsible

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

  • Target group


  • Part of programme

Intended learning outcomes

After completed course, the student should be able to

  • account for and apply fundamental concepts from the theory and methodology of science on problem areas within the theory and methodology of science
  • account for fundamental theories concerning the epistemological and explanatory status of science
  • identify and critically discuss, both orally and in writing, fundamental theoretical and methodological issues in the technical, natural and social sciences
  • identify and critically discuss, both orally and in writing, specific metodological problems in a study, the design of an exeriment, the use of a particular method of measurement, or the use of a particular model
  • analyze the relationship between the basic results of a study and the conclusions that legitimately can be drawn on the basis of the results
  • identify and critically discuss fundamental theoretical and methodological problems within the student's area of study
  • identify and critically discuss problems within the field of medical ethics.

Course main content

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

  • Scientific knowledge
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Causes and correlations
  • Observations and measurements
  • Experiments
  • Models
  • Law and explanations
  • The development of science
  • Research ethics
  • Scientific papers and peer review
  • Medical ethics


Lectures, seminars, and project work.


180 ECTS credits university studies, including at least 1.5 ECTS credits in medical ethics. Proficiency in English corresponding to English B in Swedish gymnasium.


Meddelas senast vid kursstart. Tidigare har använts:

  • Sven Ove Hansson "The Art of Doing Science" (kompendium)
  • Artiklar som delas ut.


  • PRO1 - Project, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Seminars (SEM1; 1.5 credits), written exam (TENA; 3 credits), and project work (PRO1; 1.5 hp).

Offered by





Till Grüne-Yanoff <gryne@kth.se>

Supplementary information

The course is given in English.


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2013.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2013.