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TUKO1238 Philosophy of social sciences, 3 op 
Koodi TUKO1238  Voimassaolo 01.01.1950 -
Nimi Philosophy of social sciences  Lyhenne Philosophy of s 
Laajuus3 op  Vanhenemisaika  
TyyppiTutkijakoulu Oppiaine0960 Tutkijakoulu 
LajiOpintojakso  Tuntimäärä  
Opinto-oikeus   ArvosteluHyväksytty, hylätty, arvosanat 1-5 
Suositeltu suoritusaika 
Vastuuyksikkö Tutkijakoulu 

Markku Kiikeri 


After this course the PhD candidate
- is able to use basic philosophical concepts of science
- masters the theories about the relationship between mind and language
- understands the characteristics of the ontology and construction of social-institutional world and use of power, and
- is able to plan and evaluate contemporary political, legal, ideological and cultural research and thinking.


The course is designed for doctoral candidates having work in progress. Doctoral candidates should have basic knowledge and experience of their own discipline. Before the lectures, participants should read and understand at least the outline of the course book and the material delivered. The lectures consist of analysis of the basic claims/theories presented in the book and articles. A part of work is carried out in smaller groups; this encourages interaction between the students and the teacher and enhances analysis and critical assessment of substantive issues presented during the course.

Toteutus ja työmuodot 

The first meeting will start with organization of the course and discussion on pre-reads. Independent pre-work with the material, lectures/working-groups (15 h) and essay. An online connection to the lectures will be made available. Online participants will take part in the lectures/working groups actively through the online classroom; participation of both in-class and online participants is monitored.

Vaadittavat suoritukset 

Independent reading, lecture-participation (15 h) and essay.

Lisätietoja kirjallisuudesta ja muusta materiaalista 

The basic course book is John Searle’s Making the Social World, Oxford, 2010. Some additional articles are delivered before and during the course.




University of Lapland post-graduate students and all interested. Post-graduates have primacy.




Information: Senior lecturer Markku Kiikeri (markku.kiikeri@ulapland.fi)
Group: Max. 20 participants


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