SV9105 – Philosophy of social science
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course is given for the last time autumn 2020 and spring 2021. Examination is held for the last time autumn 2021. The course is replaced by SV9108 that is taught every spring starting spring 2021.
This course offers PhD candidates at the Faculty of Social Sciences instruction in key philosophical questions related to the stated and unstated premises of the respective disciplines in terms of epistemology, methodology, ethics and history. In addition, the course will give candidates the opportunity to reflect on the role they will be socialized into as new research fellows with the requirements and expectations this entails.
The main purpose of instruction in the philosophy of science is to strengthen doctoral candidates’ ability for reflection and to enrich their research education.
- developing candidates’ knowledge of the distinctive character, strengths and limitations of their own discipline including in the encounter with other disciplines and other sectors of society;
- developing candidates’ ability for critical thinking, including their ability to reflect on their own discipline and own research from different external academic perspectives;
- educating in this way researchers who combine scientific strength and authority with academic maturity, whereby the understanding of the limitations of their own discipline and the value of other perspectives will always remain with them in their work as doctors of philosophy both within and outside academia.
- 4 credits overlap with SV9101 – Philosophy of science (discontinued)
- 4 credits overlap with ECON9010
The first day consists of lectures. The second and third days are thematic days, with shorter lectures, disciplinary or interdisciplinary group discussions, and/or panels.
- can only be handed in after you have attended the second semester of the course.
- must be between 4000-8000 words. Cover page, abstract, illustrations and list of references come in addition.
- must have Times New Roman, font size 12, and a line and paragraph spacing of 1.5.
- For source references and quotations, please use a style template established for your own discipline
Choose one of the following options:
- A topic drawn from one of the thematic days
- A discussion of principal challenges related to methods and/or theories used in your PhD project
- Reflections on some classical/basic question in the philosophy of the social sciences
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.
See also our information about resitting an exam.
If a fail grade is awarded, the candidate can submit a new assignment for evaluation within the deadline for the following semester.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.