The course will present the main features of central traditions and positions in the philosophy of science. The relation between basic problems in philosophy of science and concrete methodological issues will be elucidated. The aim is a thorough understanding of presuppositions influencing own research, and methodological and theoretical challenges emerging in research on diakonia and professional practice. The intrinsic relation between knowledge, science and values will be discussed. Furthermore, ethical issues in scientific practices and research will be treated, including principles of research ethics, guidelines from the national committees on research ethics, and relevant legal regulations.
- Main traditions and positions in the philosophy of science (empiricism, hermeneutics, phenomenology, social constructivism, critical realism).
- Basic issues in the philosophy of science related to methodological questions in research on diakonia and professional practice.
- Knowledge, science and values.
- Research ethics; guidelines, principles and legislation.
Participant activity will be central in group discussions and presentations of PhD projects.
Students enrolled in the course will receive a text compendium with parts of the literature on the reading list on e-mail.