Course - Analysis, methodology, and theory of science - MGLU5235
MGLU5235 - Analysis, methodology, and theory of science
Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021
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.
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
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
Limited admission to classes.
Admission to a programme of study is required:
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 5-10 (MGLU5-10)
Recommended previous knowledge
Passed primary school teacher education in music or arts & crafts, first 4 years.
Project outline for the Master's thesis must be submitted in advance of the course, this is developed in the subject 'arts education research', MGLU music / arts & crafts, 4 years, or equivalent.
Syllabus and any supplementary material will be posted on Blackboard prior to the course start-up.
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level
Language of instruction: Norwegian
- * 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"