Scientific Methods

MET528 Scientific Methods

Høst 2021

  • Topics

    The course is divided into two parts, each taught in intensive parts. The first part concern philosophy of science and scientific-internal questions, the second part discusses scientific practice from external perspectives: Historical, ethical , political, and the sociology of scientific practice.

    The aim is that students should know and discuss the most common arguments made on the knowledge-theoretical grounding of scientific practice in economics and related fields such as finance and management science.

  • Learning outcome

    After completion of the course, the student should be able to:


    • Account for the main positions in philosophy of science.
    • Account for the role of philosophy of science in current practice.
    • Relate the history of scientific practice to positions in philosophy of science.
    • Relate scientific notions of causality to those in the philosophy of social science.
    • Recognize competing scientific traditions and how they relate to positions in the philosophy of science.


    • Discuss own scientific practice in light of the National guidelines for research ethics in the social sciences, law and humanities and the NHH ethical guidelines.
    • Discuss reflexively  the social practice of science in light of his or her own scientific tradition.

    General competence

    • Evaluate specific scientific practices with respect to foundational methodological principles.
    • Recognize how scientific practice is social practice.

  • Teaching

    Lectures. The lectures will be filmed and/or streamed.

  • Requirements for course approval

    1. active participation in class
    2. one brief presentation to the class

    Both elements are necessary for course approval.

  • Assessment

    Each participant submits an individual term-paper for evaluation, on a topic they choose themselves but which is approved by the lecturer by March 1st. Students then have 14 weeks to work on the paper.

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    Samir Okasha, Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction. Second Edition, Oxford University Press.

    Papers that will be made available.



Spring. Offered Spring 2021.

Course responsible

Professor Erik Ø. Sørensen, Department of Economics