MGLU5233 - Nature of Science


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

The natural sciences that are the basis of school-science has various marks and characteristics which set them apart from social sciences. Essential for this course is an in-depth understanding of the methods and practices used in science to attain knowledge. Central themes such as the testing of hypotheses, experiments, model development, verifiability, openness and critique are discussed with different teaching methods such as lectures, practical exercises and seminars. This course will also discuss the limits of scientific knowledge and issues linked to the validity of knowledge.

Learning outcome

The student
- has in-depth knowledge on the nature of science with emphasis on the scientific method and how science advances
- has knowledge on the history of science
- has knowledge on legitimations for nature of science as a theme in school-science
- has knowledge on pupils’ understanding of nature of science
- has in-depth knowledge on the difference between science and pseudoscience
The student
- can discuss values, attitudes and responsibility as par of science
- can use knowledge on nature of science in teaching
- can identify nature of science as themes within curricula, teaching resources and media
- can use knowledge on the frontiers of science in teaching of school-science
- can use controversial issues in science to enhance the understanding of the role of science in society
The student
- can use scientific knowledge in different societal settings in mindful ways

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, student presentations
Teaching in English when English-speaking students participate, otherwise the course is given in Norwegian.

Compulsory assignments

  • assignment and presentation

Further on evaluation

Compulsory assignments
- Essay
- Student presentation

Written home exam

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)

Course materials

The final reading list is posted on Blackboard before the course starts. It can also be found on Innsida

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DID3501 7.5 01.09.2020
EDU3021 7.5 01.09.2020
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education



  • * 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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

More on examinations at NTNU