Behavioural Science: Philosophy and Reflection
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-BS021
Credits (ECTS)4
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Behavioural Science;
F.J.W. Oude Maatman, MPhil
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Contactperson for the course
S.L. van Schuppen, MA
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S.L. van Schuppen, MA
Other course modules lecturer
S.L. van Schuppen, MA
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Academic year2018
SEM1  (03/09/2018 to 03/02/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksFor external (PhD) students, see
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-

In this course, students will develop the capacity to think of their discipline “from the outside”, thus preparing them for possible future revolutionary phases in behavioral science's development. Upon completion of this course, students will
1) understand how one’s assumptions and theoretical frameworks inform an experimental setup and the interpretation of scientific results.
2) know what paradigm is taken for granted in contemporary behavioral science.
3) have an understanding of the different levels of explanation that are fundamental to current scientific perspectives.
4) be able to think about the strengths and weaknesses of the disciplinary’s key theories, instruments, values and metaphysical assumptions
5) be aware of the influence that the behavioral sciences have on society.
6) be capable of identifying promises and threats for tomorrow’s behavioral science.
7) have learned to articulate their views on such issues and support those views with logically sound arguments
The course will focus on a range of philosophical questions that emerge from taking a reflective perspective on the students’ own major research proposals. These questions will address issues such as underlying evaluative structures, implicit conceptual presuppositions, the history of specific paradigms, the relationship between experimental designs and theory formation.
Teaching methods: Lectures – class debates – writing – learning from (peer) feedback.
Required materials
To be announced
There will be required and optional literature.

Instructional modes

Test weight9
Test typeEssay
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2

Test weight1
Test typeParticipation
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1