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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 scientific thinking and scientific methods so the students critically can read and evaluate research articles 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 science and scientific knowledge, and the concept of truth
- know the development and differences in natural- and human sciences and the history of science
- know basic scientific concepts
- understand the scientific process of developing knowledge and the two traditions for it; qualitative and quantitative approach

Course contents

The nature of knowledge and scientific knowledge
The concept of knowledge in natural sciences and humanities.

Scientific concepts and tools for producing scientific knowledge
Truth, validity and reliability.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

- Before taking this course the student should have completed 75 cr of courses.

Previous course names


Additional information

Attendance at all sessions is obligatory.
Between them the students are supposed to work with assignments, in groups of about 3 student/ group.

Recommended or required reading

Ghauri, Pervez. 2005. Research Methods in Business Studies. Prentice Hall.

Morton, Adam. 2003. A Guide Through the Theory of Knowledge [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback). Blackwell Publishing, London

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Exercise based learning - 0 hours
  • Tuition managed by students but supervised by the teacher - 20 hours
  • Project work and productions - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 50 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


Mildén Peter


Mildén Peter

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

The timetable of the course

The course will be taught during Period 3

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • 2008-04-15 - Reports and productions

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