DID3001 - Theories of Science and Research Methodology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 3 days

Course content

The emphasis in the course is on knowledge about and understanding of theories of science, history of science and philosophy of science, methodology, data generation and analysis. The course will prepare the students for working on their master thesis by providing a deeper insight into epistemology, traditions in theory of science (theoretically and methodologically) and characteristics of scientific work. The course will also prepare the students for reading, understanding and reflecting on different types of research literature. It invites the students to learn about and reflect on the relationship between research, researchers, disciplines and society in an overarching perspective. It also provides tools for analysing data material in the students master theses and helps them to position their projects in relation to theory of science. Furthermore, the course invites to developing the students insight into research ethics and their understanding of the relationship between epistemology, methodology, and research methods.

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • has in-depth knowledge about central developmental traits and controversies in the history of theory of science
  • has relevant knowledge about different research traditions and research paradigms
  • has knowledge about fundamental reasoning and proceedings within different methodological approaches
  • has relevant knowledge about the use of concepts within different methodological traditions


The candidate

  • can discuss and reflect on different aspects of research traditions and scientific paradigms
  • can identify and discuss the relationship between theory of science and research methods
  • can critically evaluate and interpret research results against use of methods
  • can reflect independently on different ethical questions relating to research

General competence

The candidate

  • can analyse and assess the relationship between empirical knowledge and theoretical and methodological research questions - both on a theoretical and practical level.
  • can carry out in-depth assessment of scientific insecurity, limitations and possibilities related to the use of different research methods
  • can assess research ethics in their own and others research

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, workshops, text seminars, independent work, and group work.

Compulsory work

3-5 reflection texts and 1 text about research project

During the course the students are going to write 3-5 short texts where they reflect on central concepts and perspectives within theory of science and research methodology. They will also submit a text presenting ideas for their master project emphasising possible ethical challenges related to their research.

Compulsory activities must be approved in order to deliver the home exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written tasks

Further on evaluation

 Individual home exam Length: 3 days 

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

The curriculum consists of books and articles in Scandinavian and English. The curriculum will be available at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
LMN15004 10.0 AUTUMN 2020
LMN55004 10.0 AUTUMN 2020
LMM15005 10.0 AUTUMN 2020
LMM55005 10.0 AUTUMN 2020
EDU3123 5.0 AUTUMN 2020
EDU3122 5.0 AUTUMN 2020
EDU3121 5.0 AUTUMN 2020
SKOLE6244 5.0 AUTUMN 2020
SKOLE6214 5.0 AUTUMN 2020
SKOLE6224 5.0 AUTUMN 2020
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Pedagogical knowledge
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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