Emneplan - Vitenskapsteori

VITENSKAPSTEORI - THEORY OF SCIENCE - PHD – NIH (5 credits/studiepoeng)
 

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
  • 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 20 minutes individual supervision based on a draft of their essay.

Assessment: pass/fail

CORE LITERATURE

Loland, S. (ed.) Theory of science PhD 2014.
Kompendium, NSSS 2014.
 
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.
 
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

Working sessions will be from 915-12 and from 13-15.
 
DAY 1:

  • Introduction – presentations
  • Perspectives of the theory and ethics of science
  • The nature and particular challenges of sport science
  • Brief presentations of students’ PhD projects

Sources           von Wright – Kompendium
McNamee pp. 1-20
 
DAY 2:

  • Scientific approaches - paradigms
  • Approaches in sport science – limitations and possibilities
  • Student presentations: My PhD project in the context of scientific paradigms

Sources           Benton and Craig pp. 13-75
McNamee, relevant articles depending on students’ projects
Kompendium: von Wright
 
DAY 3:

  • Searching for knowledge of sport in depth and width
  • Disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary sport research – limitations and possibilities
  • Student presentations: My PhD project from the perspective of knowledge in depth and width

Sources           McNamee, relevant articles depending on students’ projects
 
 
DAY 4:

  • Ethics of science and research
  • Background and content of normative schemes of science and research
  • Ethical challenges in sport science and research
  • Student presentations: My PhD project from the perspective of research ethics

Sources           Kompendium: McNamee et al, Forskningsetiske komiteer
 
DAY 5:

  • Essay seminar
  • Students present ideas of their essay topic and discuss with the group
  • Conclusions and course evaluation