General studies

Teaching language


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 approch and rationality. Scientific knowledge and science. Strategies for producing knowledge. The scientific process and basic concepts in science.The importance of a god theory.

Prerequisites and co-requisites


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 examinator.

Recommended or required reading

Bjereld, U. & Demker, M & Hinnfors, J. 2000. Varför vetenskap ? Om vikten av problem och teori i forskningsprocessen. Lund, Studentlitteratur. Adolesence health ( elibrary) Own information retrieval

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Exercise based learning - 20 hours
  • Project work and productions - 23 hours
  • Individual studies - 70 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 93 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 40 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and presentations
  • Essays


Kärkkäinen Reino

Group size

No limit

Course completion date

Date for course completion will be announced later

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

The timetable of the course

10.09.07 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) 17.09.07 13.15-15.00 Kunskap, tro och sanning (Sohlberg, P & B-M. 2006. Kunskapens former. Vetenskapsteori och forskningsmetod. Malmö. Liber Oy. Del II) 24.09.07 13.15-15.00 Kunskapsformer (Lindholm, S. 1985. KUNSKAP Från fragment till helhetsyn. Stockholm, Liber förlag. Kap. 6) 01.10.07 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) 08.10.07 13.15-15.00 Kritiskt förhållningssätt och rationalitet(Stenbock-Hult, B. 2004. Kritiskt förhållningssätt. Lund, Studetlitteratur, Ka.2 10.10.07 13.15-15.00 Vetenskaplig kunskap och vetenskaplighet Bjereld et.al. 1999 Kap. 1) 22.10.07 13.15-15.00 Kunskapsbildningsstrategier (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 24.10.07 13.15-15.00 Den vetenskapliga arbetsprocessen och vetenskapliga grundbegrepp (Bjereld et.al. 1999, Kap 4) 29.10.07 13.15-15.00 Vikten av en god teori Bjereld et.al. 1999, Kap.3 )

Assessment methods

  • 2007-11-06 - Demonstrations and presentations
  • 2007-11-06 - Essays

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