Welcome to Understanding theory of science

Description: Theory of science is an attempt to comprehend science, in order to better identify it, shape it, guide it, and perhaps endorse or denounce it. To do this theory of science use philosophical topics, such as epistemology, ontology and axiology. Other fields, like sociology and semiotics, also form the theoretical and methodological base for the analysis of science. In some sense, theory of science is a form of meta-scientific inquiry, but it is also a form of reflexivity within science itself.

Every scientist, Ph.D. students perhaps more than others, can at times come to find themselves in need of “thinking things through”. Whether it springs out of doubt, or from the need to defend, or something third, is of lesser importance. The point is merely that every once in a while we need to carefully consider the science that we represent, in order to locate or re-locate ourselves in it or to justify the enterprise we’re involved with. The quality of our scientific work will undoubtable benefit from our ability to better comprehend the fundamental conditions, values and presumptions that more or less explicitly forms the scientific requirements and expectations in the first place.

This course offers the opportunity to practice the art of theory of science, to better acquaint oneself with the field, and to learn how to apply its thoughts and positions to the science and the scientist of one’s own. The focus of the course will be current problems in theory of science that are relevant for research in the health sciences and the technological and natural sciences. These topics could be issues of measurement, facts, objectivism, and ‘evidence-based’; but also issues like stakeholders, the role and influence of tools, peer-review and reductionism.

The course will be topic oriented workshops or seminars, with the lecturer as a presenter, but more importantly as a facilitator of qualified deliberation on the topics. The sessions will therefore require active participation and an open mind from everyone involved.

I look forward to some wonderful joint explorations into some meaningful topics of relevance and value for the quality of ourselves and of our work. 

Organizer: Associate Professor Patrik Kjærsdam Telléus - pkt@hst.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Patrik Kjærsdam Telléus - pkt@hst.aau.dk

ECTS: 2.0

Time: 05-10 May 2021


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City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 14 April 2021

For questions regarding enrolment, please contact vkns@adm.aau.dk

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.