Theory of Science

The course gives 5 credits (studiepoeng) given 100% attendance.

Informasjon

Dato

12. - 16. november

Sted

NIH

Tid

kl.00:00

Om

INTRODUCTION
The course gives an introduction to the theory of science with a particular emphasis on sport science. Students’ PhD projects will be used as examples and practical cases. Students are assessed based on an individual essay to be submitted after the course. 

AIMS
Students shall be able to
• reflect upon and discuss questions in the theory and ethics of science in general and in sport science in particular, and
• discuss in a critical and systematic way their own PhD projects from the perspective of the theory and ethics of science.


PRACTICAL INFORMATION
The course consists of 5 days of intensive work with a combination of introductory lectures, group discussions and student presentations.


ASSESSMENT
An individual essay in which the student’s PhD project is discussed from the perspective of the theory and/or ethics of science. Length of essay: maximum 2000 words excluding references. Students are entitled to one 20-minute individual supervision based on a draft of their essay.

Course instructores
Sigmund Loland and Kathinka Evers

CORE LITERATURE
Loland, S. (ed.) Theory of Science PhD 2017. Kompendium, NSSS 2017.
Wright, G. H. (1971). Explanation and understanding. Itacha, N.Y.: Cornell UP, pp. 1-33.

McNamee, M., Olivier, S. & Wainwright, P. (2007). Research ethics in exercise, health and sport sciences. London: Routledge: pp 7-28.
McNamee, M. (ed.): Philosophy and the Sciences of Exercise, Health and Sport: Critical Perspectives on Research Methods. London: Routledge 2005.

Benton, T. and Craib, C.: Philosophy of Social Science. The Philosophical Foundations of Social Thought. London: Palgrave Macmillan 2011, pp. 13-75.

Internet resources:
For NIH students: www.etikkom.no, https://www.nih.no/forskning/etikk/
For Canadian students: relevant rules and regulations from the Canadian research system

Further choice of literature will vary between students depending on the nature of their PhD projects. Relevant texts will be found in dialogue with the course teachers.


SESSIONS
DAY 1
930-1015: Introduction – presentations (SL/KE)
1015-1030: Coffee break
1030-1115: Scientific reasoning. What is a good hypothesis/research question? (KE)
1115-1230: Working in groups
1230-13: Lunch
13-15: Group presentations
Sources: McNamee (2005) pp. 1-20. Benton and Craib (2011).

DAY 2
930-1015: Scientific paradigms/approaches in sport science (SL)
1015-1030: Coffee break
1030-1115: Scientific paradigms/approaches(KE)
1115-1230: Working in groups
1230-13: Lunch
13-15: Group presentations
Sources: Kompendium - von Wright (1971). Benton and Craig (2011) pp. 13-75.
McNamee: relevant chapters depending on project approach.

DAY 3

915-1015: Research ethics in sport science (SL)
1015-1030: Coffee break
1030-1115: Research ethics I: general (KE)
1115-12: Research ethics II: practical cases (SL/KE) (movie)
12-1230: Lunch
1230-15: Working in groups
Sources: Kompendium - McNamee et al (2005).
For NIH students: www.etikkom.no, https://www.nih.no/forskning/etikk/.
For Canadian students: relevant rules and regulations from the Canadian research system.

DAY 4 (SL/KE)
915-12: Group presentations a 30 mins
12-1230: Lunch
1230-1315: Introduction to essay writing
1315-15: Individual preparation for essay seminar

DAY 5 (SL/KE)
915-13: Essay seminar. Students present ideas (5 mins each) of their essay topic. Comments from the group (10 mins). Timing depends on number of students.
13-1330 Lunch
1330-: Conclusions and course evaluation

Praktisk informasjon

Contact Lene Røe for course registration.