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Science and Ethics: An Introduction for Social Scientist Students 7.5 credits

Vetenskap och etik: Introduktion för samhällsvetare
First cycle, G0009N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Autumn 2019 Sp 2
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Political Science
Subject group (SCB)
Political Science

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
The course is intended for professionals and students in business and economics who, after completing the course, will have the ability to:
a) describe the fundamental traditions, principles and reasoning within the field of philosophy of science;
b) explain and give examples of basic scientific methods and analytical procedures;
c) describe and explain the general discourse within philosophy of science;
d) explain similarities and differences between research and evaluation;
e) systematically reflect on questions of ethics within science and the social sciences;
f) analyze the above from different normative ethical theories, such as consequential ethics, deontological ethics and virtue ethics;
g) critically reflect on one’s own and other students’ ethical positions.

The course presents a social science perspective on fundamental questions within the fields of philosophy of science and ethics and primarily addresses:
- perspectives on humans and theories of human nature
- the concept of "science," as well as what this concept means according to different traditions of thought within philosophy of science
- the potential and limitations of business and the economy
- ethical principles and theories, as well as their practical application, within the social sciences.

Students must register to the courses themselves or contact the ETS educational administration not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This also applies to the students with a place guarantee.

Due to similar content, the course can not be included in a degree together with the course G0007N.

Carina Lundmark

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Molander, Joakim: Vetenskapsteoretiska grunder: historia och begrepp. Lund: Studentlitteratur. (latest edition)
Bjereld, U, Demker, M, Hinnfors J: Varför vetenskap. Lund: Studentlitteratur. (latest edition)
Jensen, Tommy., Sandström, Johan: Organisation och ansvar. Om hur organisatoriska processer hindrar ansvarstagandet. 2019 (2nd edition), Malmö, Liber ISBN:978-91-47-12978-2
Additional literature may be added.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written ExamU G VG *4.50MandatoryA13
0002Compulsory SeminarsU G#3.00MandatoryA13

Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 18 Feb 2013

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Jun 2019