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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

    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.

    The course in period 1 will be online.

    The course in period 2 will be online.

  • 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)

  • Contact

    Director of Studies Mikael Janvid