DID3001 - Theories of Science and Research Methodology


New from the academic year 2020/2021

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
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 assignments

  • Written tasks

Further on evaluation

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.
Individual home exam
Length: 3 days
Assessment: pass/fail

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. 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 01.09.2020
LMN55004 10.0 01.09.2020
LMM15005 10.0 01.09.2020
LMM55005 10.0 01.09.2020
EDU3123 5.0 01.09.2020
EDU3122 5.0 01.09.2020
EDU3121 5.0 01.09.2020
SKOLE6244 5.0 01.09.2020
SKOLE6214 5.0 01.09.2020
SKOLE6224 5.0 01.09.2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

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 form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
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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