MGLU5214 - Specialization in philosophy of science, theory, and methodology in physical education


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

The course addresses the student's individual needs for theoretical and methodological specialization with a focus on specific research area in the master's thesis. The course aims to help the student to apply the theory of science related to the development of his or her problem. Based on research areas in physical education, the student should familiarize himself with research methodology, theory and empirical work that are relevant to the master's thesis. The course aims to provide advanced knowledge and understanding within own research area in physical education by reading, understanding and reflecting on research literature. The course prepares the student for planning the master's thesis by critically assessing and discussing theoretical and methodological knowledge and applies this in relation to assessments of reliability and validity in his / her own project. The course focuses on in-depth qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods approaches to research in physical education. Research ethics is emphasized as a topic in the course.

Learning outcome

Knowledge, the candidate is expected at the completion of the course to:
- Have in-depth knowledge of ethical aspects of research
- Have in-depth methodological knowledge in own research area
- Have in-depth theoretical and empirical knowledge in own research area

Skills, the candidate is expected at the completion of the course to:
- Be able to, under supervision, prepare research questions in the field of physical education
- Be able to make well-founded methodological and ethical choices in research
- Be able to assess reliability and validity within their own research area

General competence, the candidate is expected at the completion of the course to:
- Have the competence to use different research literature in the development of issues and projects
- Have integrated theoretical, empirical and methodological knowledge in own research area
- Be able to assess ethical issues in research

Learning methods and activities

The teaching methods will mainly be in the form of lectures, supervision and seminars. The course requires a great deal of independent work to get familiarized with the selected research area.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory assignments according to course description

Further on evaluation

Compulsory requirement:
Approved individual project description with research question(s) for the master project.

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.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 1-7 (MGLU1-7)
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 5-10 (MGLU5-10)

Required previous knowledge

Candidate must have successfully passed Physical Education 1 and completed Physical Education 2 to begin Cycle 2 courses. “Passing” is understood as the student completing the course and passing the examination. “Completed” is understood as having all obligatory coursework approved and qualifying the student for the course examination.

Course materials

Reading list will be shared in Blackboard.

More on the course



Version: A
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education



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