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The Geoscientific Method

  • 7.5 credits

The course examines the historical and philosophical underpinnings of geosciences.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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We use a historical framework to explore the components and the evolution of modern scientific method. We want to understand how scientific hypotheses are formulated and tested and how scientific data are reviewed, interpreted and presented. The goal is to think about thinking in order to organize, be aware of and challenge our own methodologies of science and analysis.

Please order the book now if you are planning to take the course.

Fall term 20 | Depending on the number of students and current restrictions, the course will either be given "as usual" or with lectures via Zoom and exercises on as many occasions as needed to be able to work in smaller groups. Field teaching will take place as usual.

  • 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 is given every year during the autumn term – with approximately 10 evening lectures.

    The schedule was updated on June 18 2020.

  • Course literature

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

    Science Rules: A Historical Introduction to Scientific Methods
    Peter Achinstein, editor
    published by Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004
    paperback ISBN 0-8018-7944-2

    Revolutions in the Earth: James Hutton and the True Age of the World
    by Stephen Baxter
    Phoenix; New Ed edition (5 Feb 2004)
    Paperback ISBN: 0753817616

    Capital of the Mind: How Edinburgh Changed the World
    James Buchan
    John Murray Publishers Ltd; New edition edition (16 Aug 2004)
    paperback ISBN 0719565448

    The Scottish Enlightenment: The Scots' Invention of the Modern World
    Arthur Herman
    Fourth Estate Ltd; New edition edition (2 Jan 2003)
    paperback ISBN 1841152765

  • Contact

    Patrick CrillProfessor
    Patrick Crill
    +46 (0)8 16 47 40 | Room: R333