MGLU5233 - Nature of Science


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 72 hours

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 critical thinking as part of science
  • has knowledge on legitimations for nature of science as a theme in school-science and on the pupils’ understanding of nature of science
  • has in-depth knowledge on the difference between science and pseudoscience


The student

  • 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 how scientific knowledge develops


The student

  • can use scientific knowledge in different societal settings in mindful ways

Learning methods and activities

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

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory course work according to course description

Further on evaluation

Compulsory assignments:

- Essay

- Student presentation.

Examination: Written home exam.

Specific conditions

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 AUTUMN 2020
EDU3021 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 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Home examination

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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
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.

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

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