ECON9010 - Theory of Science for Economists

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Course content

The aim is that students should know and discuss the most common arguments made on the knowledge-theoretical grounding of scientific practice in economics and related fields such as finance, accounting, and management science. The practice of science is also a social practice and we attempt to turn our social science perspective on this practice. The course also introduces the students to the most relevant topics in the ethics of social science research in our disciplines.

Learning outcome

Knowledge

The aim is that students should know and discuss the most common arguments made on the knowledge-theoretical grounding of scientific practice in economics and related. The practice of science is also a social practice and we attempt to turn our social science perspective on this practice. The course also introduces the students to the most relevant topics in the ethics of social science research in our disciplines.

Skills

The candidates should be able to discuss the knowledge-theoretic underpinning of their own research projects as well as other research in economics and related fields.

 

Admission

Students at UiO must apply for courses in StudentWeb.

This course is offered, as an alternative to the course SV9101, to candidates at the Department of Economics.  Other candidates admitted to a PhD program may apply to take the course, but must be registered at the University of Oslo.  Candidates at the Faculty of Social Sciences who take this course must take SV9102 as well.

The examination in this course is not available for external candidates.  Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.

Prerequisites

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to a Ph.D. programme is required for participation in this course.

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with SV9101 - Philosophy of science

Teaching

The course takes place during one intensive week.

Credit for the course requires both active participation in class and a term-paper (see below).

Examination

Students will be assessed on both participation and a term-paper.  Further instructions will be given.

Grading scale

Students are awarded either a passing or failing grade. The pass/fail scale is Applied as a separte scale With only two possible results.

Explanations and appeals

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.

Appeal

Explanation

The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

Facts about this course

Credits

5

Level

PhD

Teaching

Examination

Teaching language

English