MET528 Scientific Methods
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.
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.
- Evaluate specific scientific practices with respect to foundational methodological principles.
- Recognize how scientific practice is social practice.
Lectures. The lectures will be filmed and/or streamed.
Requirements for course approval
- active participation in class
- one brief presentation to the class
Both elements are necessary for course approval.
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.
Samir Okasha, Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction. Second Edition, Oxford University Press.
Papers that will be made available.
Spring. Offered Spring 2021.
Professor Erik Ø. Sørensen, Department of Economics