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Scientific Methods and Research Ethics

The course consists of a review and critical analysis of basic concepts and issues relating to scientific methods and research ethics.

Examples of concepts that will be analysed include knowledge, truth,hypothesis, evidence, meaning, interpretation, objectivity, and social construction. Examples of questions that will be discussed: What is science? Are there fundamental differences in methods between different types of science? Is scientific objectivity possible? Is truth absolute, or does it vary with different theoretical perspectives? What ethical standards are there for scientific research, and how can they be justified?

  • Course structure

    More about the course

    Instructors: James Nguyen, Greg Bognar, Niklas Möller and Henrik Ahlenius

    Learning Platform

    More detailed course planning will be published on the course’s Athena-page. Admitted students will have automatic access to Athena once they have activated their university account and been registered at the department.

    Language of instruction

    Language of instruction this term is english.

    Expected results, and grading scale

    See Syllabus

    Teaching format

    Mandatory attendance of 80% applies to all teaching sessions.


    The course is examined on the basis of a take-home examination.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Staffan Carlshamre: Philosophy of the Cultural Sciences (Preprint, Department of Philosophy)

    D.B Resnik: The Ethics of Science: An introduction (Routledge)

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Director of Studies Björn Brunnander