Course Syllabus for

Introductory Course in Methods at Technology and Society
Introduktionskurs i metoder inom teknik och samhälle

VTS005F, 2.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2022
Decided by: Gudbjörg Erlingsdóttir fek-ger
Date of establishment: 2022-01-28

General Information

Division: Technology and Society
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The aim of the course is to introduce the Ph D students at the Department of Technology and Society into interdisciplinary research at the department, in particular how interdisciplinarity is reflected by the previous dissertations.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must Show ability to critically reflect on and discuss how the choice of method impact the research.

Course Contents

The course consists of methodology seminars and a dissertation seminar. At the methodology seminars important concepts in methodology and theory related to interdisciplinary research at Technology and Society are introduced and discussed. At the dissertation seminars earlier Ph D research at Technology and Society is presented and discussed.

Course Literature

General methodology seminar Persson, J. och Sahlin, N-E. (2013) Vetenskapsteori för sanningssökare, Fri Tanke Förlag - Ch 7: Förklaringar och abduktion - Ch 9: Vad är ett orsakssamband? Downloaded on: Chalmers, A.F. (1999). What is this thing called science?, Open University Press Ch 14: scientific laws Ch 15: realism and anti-realism Ch 4-7: induction and falsification Also exists in Swedish Interdisciplinary and problem based methodology Schmidt, J.C. (2008). Towards a philosophy of interdisciplinarity. An attempt to provide a classification and clarification, Poiesis Prax, 5 pp. 53-69. Schmidt, J.C. (2011).'What is a problem? On problem-oriented interdisciplinarity, Poiesis Prax, 7 pp. 249-274. Lélé S. och Norgaard, R. B. (2005) Practicing interdisciplinarity, BioScience, 55(11) pp. 967-975. Stock and Burton (2011) Defining terms for integrated (multi-inter-trans-disciplinary) Sustainability Research, Sustainability, 3 pp. 1090-1113.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written assignments, seminars given by participants
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Selection criteria: Enrolled in one of the following PhD subjects: Technology and Society (TETOSF00), Transport and Road Technology (TEVTTF02), Environmental and Energy Systems Studies (TEFMIF00) or Real Estate Science (TEVFTF00).

Further Information

The course is offered together with VTS001F. Students may not take both of these courses.

Course Occasion Information

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