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Theory of science in Sociology. 7.5 credits

Grundläggande vetenskapsteori för sociologi
First cycle, S0046A
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
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 *
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 aim of the course is to give students an overall picture of the philosophy of knowledge discussion of modern times. They should know the important theoretical perspectives; be able knowledge to describe their epistemological presuppositions, as well; be able to use them to categorize scientific studies.

  • Concepts and distinctions within philosophy of science
  • The research process
  • The relevance of philosophy of science for sociology
  • Kinds of scientific explanations within sociology

Teaching consists of lectures and seminars. The course concludes with a project where the epistemological perspective is applied in the review of a scientific article.

Written examination 6,0 hp ( Fail, Pass, Pass with Distinction )
Reporting of project 1,5 hp ( Fail, Pass )

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 the P0017A and S0004A

Fredrik Sjögren

Literature. Valid from Spring 2019 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Gilje, N. & Grimen, H. (2007). Samhällsvetenskapernas förutsättningar. (3rd edition.) Göteborg: Daidalos.
Alvesson, M. & Sköldberg, K. (2017). Tolkning och reflektion: vetenskapsfilosofi och kvalitativ metod. (3rd edition). Urval

Articles selected by the teacher

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Report assignment project workU G#1.50MandatoryS12
0002Written examU G VG *6.00MandatoryS12

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.

Syllabus established
by Saila Piippola 31 Aug 2011

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 18 Feb 2019