Syllabus for Philosophy of Science and Methodology in an Interdisciplinary Context

Vetenskapsteori och metodologi i en tvärvetenskaplig kontext


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1GV202
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Energy Transition G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2021-03-04
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2022-10-14
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Spring 2024
  • Entry requirements:

    Introduction to Sustainable Energy Transition or Sustainable Development, CSR and Life Cycle Analysis.

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • explain basic concepts and perspectives related to philosophy of science
  • explain and apply some common quantitative and qualitative methods for data collection and analysis
  • explain basic statistical methods and concepts that can be used to describe and analysis energy data
  • reflect critically on scientific work, including its ethical aspects
  • apply the basics of scientific report writing


The course addresses scientific theory and the scientific work process in an interdisciplinary context. During the course a selection of quantitative and qualitative approaches and methods which are relevant in energy contexts are presented. Some of these presented methods and approaches are applied practically. The course also places special emphasis on the understanding of statistical methods and analysis. Ethical perspective and critical reflection are also important themes during the course. For example, reflection on scientific approach, deliberation, implementation and documentation are included. The course also provides exercises in writing scientifically, as well as in giving and receiving constructive criticism.


Lectures, assignments and seminars


Written assignments, participation in seminars and practical excercises of methods (6 credits) as well as a written exam (4 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

The course cannot be included in the same degree as 1GV171, ​Scientific Methods I.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2024

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Additional course literature will include a selection of articles and scientific literature (about 300 pages)

  • Townend, John. Practical Statistics for Environmental and Biological Scientists.

    Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2012.

    Find in the library


  • Creswell, John W.; Creswell, J. David Research design : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches

    Fifth edition.: Los Angeles: SAGE, [2018]

    Find in the library


Last modified: 2022-04-26