MGLU5235 - Analysis, methodology, and theory of science


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

This course provides students with advanced knowledge and understanding of analytical methods, methodologies, and theories of science, with a view on the Master's thesis. The course provides in-depth insight into epistemological, theoretical and philosophical considerations, diverse traditions of scientific work, research designs, approaches, and characteristics of qualities in scientific work. The course also prepares students to read, understand and reflect on different types of research literature, and critically evaluate and discuss research-based knowledge. The students are invited to explore knowledge and reflections on the relationship between research, researcher, subject, and society. The course provides students with tools and methods for analyzing data in their Master's thesis, and to position their research project epistemologically and theoretically/philosophically. Quality in research and research ethics are emphasized topics in this subject.

Parts of the course (about 1/3) take place in smaller groups with their own seminar leaders, where the students immerse themselves on the basis of a project sketch for the Master's thesis.

Learning outcome

Knowledge, the candidate
• have knowledge of different research traditions and knowledge paradigms
• have knowledge of basic reasoning and procedures within various methodological approaches
• have knowledge of central concepts within different methodological traditions
• has insight into key trends and controversies throughout the history of science

Skills, the candidate
• can identify and discuss relationships between scientific theoretical positioning and methodological choices in research work
• can critically evaluate and interpret research, with a view on the methods used
• can discuss and reflect on different aspects of research traditions and science paradigms
• can reflect independently on various ethical issues in research

General competence, the candidate
• analyze and evaluate relationships between empirical knowledge and theoretical and methodological issues at both a theoretical and a practical / concrete level
• can thoroughly evaluate scientific uncertainty, limitations, and possibilities given in various methods
• can evaluate research ethics in your own and others research

Learning methods and activities

Seminars, workshops, group work, individual work, and lectures.

Further on evaluation

Compulsory assignments:
1) Two individual texts about a) what the craft 'to analyze' consists of, and b) what the students own Master's project will look like in different research designs. For example, with regard to data material, research questions, study focus, reflection frames, and explanatory language.
2) Report from the colloquium group discussion about various research designs.
3) Development, presentation, and response to own/co-students exam sketch in process, with a focus on epistemological, philosophical/ theoretical, methodological, and analytical aspects.

Individual exam task. Graded: passed or failed

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

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

Course materials

Syllabus and any supplementary material will be posted on Blackboard prior to the course start-up.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
LMN15004 10.0 01.09.2020
LMN55004 10.0 01.09.2020
LMM15005 10.0 01.09.2020
LMM55005 10.0 01.09.2020
EDU3123 5.0 01.09.2020
EDU3122 5.0 01.09.2020
EDU3121 5.0 01.09.2020
SKOLE6244 5.0 01.09.2020
SKOLE6214 5.0 01.09.2020
SKOLE6224 5.0 01.09.2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)


Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education



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