EDU3123 - Philosophy of Science, Methodology and Analysis


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100 1 semesters

Course content

The subject aims to provide knowledge and understanding of the theory, history and sociology of science, and methodology. This will help prepare students for work on their own master’s thesis, by equipping them with a deepened insight into epistemology, different traditions of science (both theoretically and methodologically) and characteristics of good scientific work.

The subject also facilitates knowledge of and reflections about the coherence between research, researcher, subject and society in an overall perspective, and individual research regarding both the academic society and society in general. Furthermore, the subject promotes the development of scientific ethics and the comprehension of the relationship between epistemology, methodology and research methods.

Learning outcome

Knowledge, the candidate
• have insight into key trends and controversies throughout the history of science
* have in-depth knowledge of different research traditions and knowledge paradigms
• have knowledge of basic reasoning and procedures within various methodological approaches
• have knowledge of central concepts within different methodological traditions

Skills, the candidate
• can identify and discuss relationships between scientific theoretical positioning and methodological choices in research work on practical and theoretical levels
• can critically evaluate and interpret research, with a view on the methods used
• can discuss and reflect on different aspects of research traditions and science paradigms
• can reflect independently on various ethical issues in research

General competence, the candidate
• analyze and evaluate relationships between empirical knowledge and theoretical and methodological issues at both a theoretical and a practical / concrete level
• can thoroughly evaluate scientific uncertainty, limitations, and possibilities given in various methods
• can evaluate research ethics in your own and others research

Learning methods and activities

A combination of lectures, group work and presentations. Mandatory assignments and presentations must be approved in order to attend the exam . To the extent that mandatory tasks are related to the teaching, participation in teaching is mandatory.

Compulsory assignments

  • 1-2 oral presentations and/or written assignments

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.

Required previous knowledge

Same as for admission to the programme: Master in Educational Studies.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
EDU3103 3.7 01.09.2016
EDU3110 3.7 01.09.2016
MGLU5208 2.5 01.09.2018
DID3001 5.0 01.09.2020
MGLU5235 5.0 01.09.2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Aesthetic Studies
  • Pedagogical knowledge
  • Foreign Language
  • Life Sciences
  • Education
  • Theory of Education
  • Social Sciences
  • School Development
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education



Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100

Release 2020-11-26

Submission 2020-12-10

Release 09:00

Submission 14:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
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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