Theory of Science 7.5 credits

First cycle, P0044A
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2020 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 13 Dec 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 05 Nov 2019

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

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 + Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics 1a/1b/1c, Social Studies 1b/1a1+1a2 (specifik entry A5). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics A, Social Studies A (specifik entry 5)

More information about English language requirements


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

Course Aim
The student should after the course:

  • be able to describe the basic assumptions in philosophy of science on which current psychological theory and  research is based.
  • be able to describe the logical structure of a scientific study.
  • be able to perform a systematic literature search
  • be able to communicate the gist of a scientific report

  • Concepts and distinctions within philosophy of science
  • The research process
  • The relevance of philosophy of science for psychology
  • Scientific methods in relation to psychology

Teaching consists of lectures and seminars where the basic concepts are applied to specific issues.  The course concludes with a project workwhere literature search is practiced and the theoretical concepts are applied in the audit of a scientific work.

Individually written exam, 6.0hp , where the student´s ability to describe the main trends in trends in the philosophy of science is tested.  Grades: Failed Passed Passed with distinction
Project report, 1.5hp where the students perform a literature search and then summarize and compare two scientific articles.

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


Transition terms
The course replaces P0017A and S0004A.

Lisa Öman

Literature. Valid from Spring 2018 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Chalmers, D. Vad är vetenskap egentligen? Nora: Nya Doxa 2003. Urval.
Føllesdal, D., Walløe L., och Elster, J. Argumentationsteori, språk och vetenskapsfilosofi (3e upplagan). Stockholm: Thales 2001. Urval.
Articles selected by the teacher

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examU G VG *6.00MandatoryS09
0002ProjectU G#1.50MandatoryS09

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.