HLS8030 - Concepts and Epistemological Perspectives in Caring Science


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed/Failed

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

Course content

The content in the course introduces the basic foundations and perspectives for the research discipline Caring Science. The course consists of an overview of the central concepts in caring science and their application in theory and research. The development of caring science in a both a Norwegian and international perspective will be processed. The concept of evidence in research will be considered.

Learning outcome

Knowledge and understanding

After completing the course the student is expected to be able to:

  • Describe, elaborate and critically evaluate the ontology and epistemology in caring science
  • Describe, analyse and critically evaluate the meanings within the metaparadigm concepts and development of theories in caring science
  • Identify and analyse existential and ethical issues in caring contexts
  • Reflect upon health from dimensions of sustainability, power relations and equality

Skills and abilities

After completing the course the student is expected to be able to:

  • Critically analyse and problematize the patient perspective in caring science
  • Critically analyse and argue for the importance of theory building and development in caring science
  • Describe, elaborate and problematize different ethical perspectives and power relations in caring contexts
  • Describe, elaborate and problematize different perspectives on the concept of evidence

Critical judgement and approach

After completing the course the student is expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills in problematizing and critically evaluate research questions in caring science
  • Reflect over the importance of existential, ethical and equality in care.
  • Problematize and reflect over sustainability issues and person-centeredness in caring science research.

Learning methods and activities

Seminars and lectures. Programme structure: Study part-time, two meetings two days, the last day mandatory seminar.

Compulsory activities: Participate on all sessions. Compulsory activities are valid during the current academic year.

The course is taught in English only if English speaking students enroll.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory attendance and seminars

Further on evaluation

Individual written examination: Written essay about 3000 words +/- 300, the mark is based on the written essay. The written essay can be improved once if the student fails the exam.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Master degree.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: -

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Health Sciences Ålesund


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 A





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Assignment 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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