English translation of course syllabus

Truth, Construction and Subjectivity: Contemporary Issues in the Theory of Scientific Knowledge, 7.5 credits

(Sanning, konstruktion och subjektivitet: samtida vetenskapsteoretiska problem, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 42F1088
Discipline for doctoral studies Other subjects
Academic school School of Culture and Education
Research area for doctoral studies Critical and Cultural Theory
Grading scale G
Education cycle Doctoral studentship
Language of instruction English
Valid from Last six months of 2020


This course syllabus was validated by the Committee for Research and Doctoral Education at Södertörn University on 2020-04-22 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance

Entry requirements

Admitted to doctoral studentship

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the doctoral student is able to:

  • critically examine and understand contemporary in-depth theories of science and knowledge that are relevant to the social sciences and the humanities
  • analyse theories of science and knowledge and apply them to their own area of research
  • critically compare and evaluate scholarly perspectives of truth, construction and subjectivity.

Course content, modules and examinations

The course presents central theories of science and knowledge that are relevant to the social sciences and the humanities. It introduces and critically evaluates contemporary scholarly debates about ideals of knowledge and truth. For instance, the course analyses objectivism, constructivism, the role of subjectivity and other scholarly theoretical perspectives.

Course design

The course consists of lectures and seminars.

Examination format

Course examination takes place through written and oral assignments.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

Other stipulations

The course may be taught in Swedish.