Cross-disciplinary course in research ethics and science studies for Ph.D.-students
July 10,

What is this kind of thing called a scientist?

Welcome to the page for the cross-disciplinary course in research ethics and history, philosophy and social studies of science ("theories of science") given at Niels Bohr Institute at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. The course is arranged by Center for the Philosophy of Nature and Science Studies (CPNSS), supported by the ph.d. board at the Faculty of Science. The main target group are ph.d.-students at the faculty and other interested ph.d. students. A similar course took place the three previous years; the next version will run in November 3 to 7, 2008.

Brief description of content:
The course presents actual theoretical discussions within ethics of science and science studies including philosophy, history and sociology of science, and has a special attention on technoscience, the norms and values involved in research training, and including a focus on selected themes from the participants' Ph.D. projects.

The course this year will focus on these four interrelated themes:
(1) The internal and external ethics of science and technology;
(2) Norms, good practice and scientific dishonesty;
(3) Science policy and changing universities;
(4) The responsibility of scientists in research, development, public debate and advise;
(5) Objectivity as norm, outcome, and process.

The course aims at updating the participants' understanding of concepts, theories, and perspectives from philosophy (including ethics), history and social studies of science, on a more advanced level than basic introductions given in bachelor programs (like the Danish course "Fagets Videnskabsteori", i.e., basic philosophy of science). However, we acknowledge the fact that not all Ph.D.-students in science have yet taken such courses and thus, we put an emphasis on applied theory of science, taking departure from specific problems emerging in concrete instances of research.

Program and form:
Information about the detailed program will appear after the sign-up deadline. The course consists of lectures, discussions, and participant workshops.

Course material:
A compendium with texts will be distributed before the course. This will be supplied by a textbook (in Danish or English) in science studies /philosophy of science, according to the individual participant's speciality and language.
Contact: Tom Børsen, phone (+45) 35 32 54 32 , email: borsen [at] nbi . dk


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Date of next course: November 3 to 7, 2008.
Place: Niels Bohr Institute, Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen.

Language: English.

Coordinating teacher:

Tom Børsen (CPNSS), in collaboration with Claus Emmeche and Anders Frøslev Jensen (also at CPNSS)

Specially invited guest lecturers:

Mathematics professor Vagn Lundsgaard Hansen (confirmed) (DTU), member of The Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty (in Danish: Udvalgene vedrørende Videnskabelig Uredelighed);

Political scientist, Dr.scient.pol. Karen Siune (confirmed), director of The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy (Dansk Center for Forskningsanalyse), Aarhus University;

Philosophy professor Peter Kemp (confirmed) (Department of Philosophy of Education, The Danish School of Education)

Sign up: Deadline October 15. Send a mail to Tom Børsen: borsen [at] nbi . dk

Number of Participants : Max. 30, minimum 15.

Merit: 2.5 ECTS for simple participation; 5 ECTS for participation with an oral presentation based on a synopsis (an abstract); 7.5 ECTS for participation with a paper assignment delivered in December (in Danish or English; detailed instructions will be specified).

Other links:

Notes & slides from the presentations:
(To appear later)

Artist: Christina Lanzl (web page here)

Course homepage (this one):
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