ISA3002 - Science theory and philosophy of science


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 10 days ALLE

Course content

The course provides an introduction to the philosophy of science and the theory of science in general, and more advanced knowledge in relation to the issues of applied social science. The main purpose of the course is to improve the students' scientific-theoretical understanding of their own research work, and to give the students knowledge concerning the scientific-theoretical assumptions in applied social science research. Relevant topics covered by the course are different views of knowledge (positivism, hermeneutics, social construction theory, etc.), selected critical ideology and societal analysis (including different human views and their philosophical background) and a critical discussion of methodology and the different social science paradigms. The course is in connection with the method teaching at the masters, as the topics covered also have an impact on design and methodology in research.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - Students who have completed the course:

  • have an understanding and advanced knowledge of science-philosophy and science-theoretical subjects in general, and have in-depth knowledge of these topics in applied social science.
  • are able to explain and critically discuss the social science perspectives covered in the syllabus literature, and can apply knowledge to new problems in the academic field. - can analyze scientific theoretical issues based on applied social science history, traditions, uniqueness and place in society.
  • are able to analyze scientific theoretical and philosophical issues based on the history, traditions, uniqueness and place in society

Skills - Students:

  • are able to apply methods and interpretations within the discipline and work independently with practical and theoretical problem-solving
  • are able to critically analyze and interpret academic texts, and structure and formulate professional reasoning based on these texts.
  • are able to analyze and critically relate to various sources of information and use these to structure and formulate academic reasoning

General competence - Students:

  • can apply their scientific theoretical knowledge and skills in the process of developing their own research project (master's thesis)
  • can, based on scientific theoretical knowledge analysis, be relevant professional, vocational and research ethical issues
  • can apply their knowledge and skills in new areas to carry out advanced work tasks and projects
  • can disseminate extensive independent work and master the fields of expression
  • can communicate about academic issues, analyzes, and conclusions

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group work, and seminars.

Further on evaluation

Home exam over 10 days.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to one of the master's programs in Child welfare studies, Disability and Society or Social work.

Course materials

Will be announced at the start of the semester on Blackboard.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SARB3007 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
HLS3007 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Work


Examination arrangement: Home examination

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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE





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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