Philosophies of social science
2014-2015 - TØL4003 - 5 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is supposed to:


  • have deep knowledge about central questions within philosophies of social science
  • be able to analyze central topics within philosophies of social science


  • be able to suggest a topic of investigation within qualitative research
  • independently be able to make a plan of how to carry out a scientific work

General knowledge

  • be able to report results from scientific projects, including projects carried out by the student herself
  • have developed a clear ethical attitude in relation to how scientific methodology can be used to strive for a sustainable development of industry, the business world and society


  • Introduction to the philosophies of social science
  • Paradigms and directions within social science
  • Research ethics
  • Research as a means of systematic progress
  • Quantitative and qualitative research designs
  • Characteristics of good research topics and how to create one
  • Literature studies
  • Choice of methods, including planning and how to carry out and analyze experiments/studies
  • Use of research databases for problem solving
  • Data analysis and statistics
  • How to create a project plan
  • Emerging focus on business ethics and the businesses’ responsibilities with respect to the society
  • Action-based research - methodologies and philosophies

Teaching Methods

Project work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course will be made accessible for both campus-  and remote students. Every student are free to choose the pedagogic arrangement form that is best fitted for her/his own requirement.

The lectures in the course will be given on campus and are open for both categories of students. Lectures that sums up the main issues in the lecture will also be available on internet through GUC’s learning management system (Fronter).

Tutoring are given at campus in accordance to announced times. In addition there will be at least on gathering at campus for remote students with mandatory laboratory exercises.

Tutoring is also available on internet.

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Final version of term paper.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal examiner. Additional external examiner every four years, next time 2017.

Re-sit examination

New paper as re-sit exam.

Coursework Requirements

2 Completed essays

Teaching Materials

Arbnor, I. og B. Bjerke (2008) Methodology for Creating Business Knowledge . London: Sage

Additional literature, handed out or made available in Fronter.

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