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 cycleSecond cycle
Main field of studyBuilt Environment
Grading scaleA, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Autumn 18 P1 (4.5 credits), P2 (1.5 credits)
Language of instruction
Form of study
Number of places
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.
Johan Berg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
- 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).
Till Grüne-Yanoff <email@example.com>
The course is given in English.
Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2013.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2013.