Syllabus Political Science Ma, Introduction to Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, 7,5 Credits

General data

  • Code: SK007A
  • Subject/Main field: Statsvetenskap
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Social Sciences
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Established: 9/30/2006
  • Date of change: 5/22/2014
  • Version valid from: 8/29/2014


The aim of the course is to provide comprehensive understanding of contemporary Theory of Science and ethics, especially in relation to the Social Sciences. The course is offering the students the theoretical frameworks and conceptual tools necessary for an overview, facilitating their analyses with regard to their own subject of research.

Course objectives

After the course is completed, the student shall be able to

- give an account of the main outlines of the different approaches within the Theory of science, and within ethics,

- take a critical attitude towards the different approaches within the Theory of science, and within ethics,

- critically assess the usefulness of the major approaches in the Theory of Science in relation to different research questions and ethical considerations,

- relate the different approaches within the Theory of science, and within ethics, to the student’s own area of research.


The course consists of two parts. The first part deals with different approaches in the Theory of science, the second part deals with research ethics in relation to these different approaches. Practice in information search, lead by a librarian, will be given. The students will be given presentations of the researchers of the department and their research projects.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree with a major (90 HEC) in Political Science or in a main field of study within the behavioural or social sciences.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching will take place as lectures and seminars.

Examination form

The main examination form consists of the writing of an individual examination memorandum. In addition, seminar assignments will be given.

Grading system,

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Miller, Tina, Birch, Maxine, Mauthner, Melanie, Jessop, Julie (Eds.)
  • Title: Ethics in Qualitative Research
  • Publisher: Sage
  • Edition: Latest edition
  • Author: Kuhn, Thomas
  • Title: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Edition: Latest edition
  • Author: Chalmers, A.F
  • Title: What is this thing called Science?
  • Ort: Buckingham, UK
  • Publisher: Open University Press
  • Edition: Latest edition
  • Author: Backhouse, Roger E. & Fontaine, Philippe (Eds.)
  • Title: The history of the social sciences since 1945
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Edition: Latest edition
Vetenskapliga artiklar tillkommer, liksom exempel på forskningsetiska riktlinjer.

International scientific articles of Theory of science, as well as examples of ethical guidelines, will be added.
Other information
Demands for compulsory attendance may be specified in a student’s guide. If demands for attendance are not met, the student has an opportunity to complete that the next time the course is given.