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Sociology Ma, Introduction to Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, 7,5 Credits

General data

Code: SO004A
Subject/Main field: Sociologi
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 9/30/2006
Date of change: 6/2/2014
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 Credits) 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

Examination will take the form of written examination and active participation at seminars.

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: Backhouse, Roger, E & Fontaine, Philippe (Eds)
Title: The history of the social sciences since 1945
Edition: 2010
Publisher: Durham: Duke University Press

Author: Chalmers, Alan F.
Title: What is this thing called Science?
Edition: 1992/1995
Publisher: Open University Press
Comment: (Sv utgåva: Vad är vetenskap egentligen?, Nya Doxa, Stockholm)

Author: Harding, Sandra
Title: Is Science Multicurtural? Postcolonialisms, Feminisms, and Epistemologies
Edition: 1998
Publisher: Bloomington: Indiana University Press

Author: Luckman, Thomas
Article title: On Social Interaction and the Communicative Construction of Personal Identity
Journal: Organization Studies
Year/Volume/nr/pages: 2008: 29:277-290

Author: Miller, T., Birch, M., Mauther, M., & Jessop, J
Title: Ethics in Qualitative Research
Edition: 2012
Publisher: SAGE

Author: Sismondo, Sergio
Title: An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies. Second Edition
Edition: 2009
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell

Det tillkommer vetenskapsteoretiska artiklar ur internationella vetenskapliga tidskrifter samt exempel på etiska riktlinjer hämtade från de amerikanska
psykolog- och sociologförbunden.

International scientific articles of theory of science, as well as examples of ethical guidelines from the American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association, 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.