KULT8851 - Theories of Science


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course is held each autumn and spring, dependent upon the number of participants.

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The course gives a broad introduction to the philosophy of science, with emphasis on the history of science, the social organization and dynamic of various sciences, the strategies of science in producing knowledge, and the interaction between science and society. There is a particular focus on communication practices and the establishment of scientific validity and reliability. The following topics are also covered:

  • Science as institution and practice
  • Philosophy of science: method, demarcation and objectivity
  • The modern research university and the role of the modern scientist
  • Concepts within the field of humanities and interdisciplinary dialogue practices
  • Ethics of research and science

Students who would rather acquire 7,5 study points may choose KULT8850 where a shorter term paper is required.

Learning outcome

The candidate has knowledge of the historical, philosophical and sociological theories of science, with emphasis on the social and cultural aspects of science.

Learning methods and activities

Mandatory participation in teaching and team assignments

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation/turnout

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to a PhD programme (exceptions can be made under certain circumstances).

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KULT8850 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • The Humanities
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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