General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to introduce knowledge theory, so that the student will be able to understand and evaluate different forms of knowledge , and therefor is prepared to read and understand research in their own field of competence.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to;
- understand the meaning of the concepts knowledge and scientific knowledge and different forms of knowledge
- understand different ways creating knowledge
- be able to critically read and evaluate research articles in their own field of competence
- understand the theory concept both in NSc and HSc
- understand basic scientific concepts like truth, intersubjectivity, generalizability, validity, reliability

Course contents

What is a theory of knowledge.Ontology and epistemology. Knowledge, belief and truth. Forms of knowledge. To understand and explain. Critical approach and rationality. Scientific knowledge and science. Strategies for producing knowledge. The scientific process and basic concepts in science.The importance of a good theory.

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Previous course names


Additional information

According to each lecture literature will be recommended and an assignment handed out that will be done within the own educational programme. The assignments add up to an essay that will be handed in to the examiner.

Recommended or required reading

Morton, Adam. 2007. A Guide through the Theory of Knowledge. Oxford, Blackwell Publishing

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Exercise based learning - 20 hours
  • Individual studies - 90 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 130 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 90 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 40 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams
  • Reports and productions


  • Haldin Denice
  • Kukkonen Göta
  • Lejonqvist Gun-Britt
  • Roberts Christel
  • Rosenqvist Anita
  • Savolainen Jari
  • Sigfrids Ingmar


Lejonqvist Gun-Britt

Group size

No limit

Course completion date

Date for course completion will be announced later

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

02.09.2008 13:15 - 15:00 Vad är kunskapsteori. Ontologi och epistemologi (Allwood, C.M. & Erikson, M.G. 1999. Vetenskapsteori för psykologi och andra samhälsvetenskaper. Lund, Studentlitteratur. Kap. 1)
09.09.2008 13:15 - 15:00 Kunskap, tro och sanning (Sohlberg, P & B-M. 2006. Kunskapens former. Vetenskapsteori och forskningsmetod. Malmö. Liber Oy. Del II)
16.09.2008 13:15 - 15:00 Kunskapsformer (Lindholm, S. 1985. KUNSKAP Från fragment till helhetsyn. Stockholm, Liber förlag. Kap. 6)
30.09.2008 13:15 - 15:00 Att förstå och förklara (Bjereld et.al 1999 Kap. 2 och Lindholm, S. 2005. Vägen till vetenskapsfilosofin. Lund. Grahns Tryckeri Ab, Kap. 4 &5)
07.10.2008 13:15 - 15:00 Kritiskt förhållningssätt och rationalitet(Stenbock-Hult, B. 2004. Kritiskt förhållningssätt. Lund, Studetlitteratur, Ka.2
10.10.2008 09:15 - 10:00 Vetenskaplig kunskap och vetenskaplighet Bjereld et.al. 1999 Kap. 1)
14.10.2008 13:15 - 15:00 Kunskapsbildnings- strategier (Bjereld et.al. 1999 Kap. 1 & Sohlberg, P & B-M. 2006. Kunskapens former. Vetenskapsteori och forskningsmetod. Malmö. Liber Oy. Ur del II Empirism, rationalism och kunskapens möjligheter
21.10.08 13.15-15.00Den vetenskapliga arbetsprocessen och vetenskapliga grundbegrepp (Bjereld et.al. 1999, Kap 4)
24.10.08 9.15-11.00 Vikten av en god teori Bjereld et.al. 1999, Kap.3 )
28.10.08 13.15-15.00 Kunskapsteori - en syntes

Assessment methods

  • 2008-11-28 - Exams
  • 2008-11-30 - Reports and productions

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