Philosophy of Social Science - 3 ECTS

The course consists of 6 sessions in which various themes and issues in the philosophy of the social sciences will be analysed and discussed. Participants are expected to read the literature for each session beforehand. In turns participants are also expected to prepare sessions (except the first session) by identifying ambiguities and difficulties in the texts and raising questions for discussion. In addition, participants are asked to answer questions and fulfil small tasks prepared by the lecturer, which intend to link up the discussed materials with social science research in general or the particular research projects of the PhD candidates.

Organised by Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)

Mon 6 March 2023 until Fri 24 March 2023

Venue Leeuwenborch, building number 201

The course will be completed by the writing of a (5-page) paper, in which (part of) the content of the course will be brought to bear on the problems and dilemmas to which participants are confronted in their respective PhD projects. One possible format is a ‘duo-paper’, in which two participants mutually interrogate each other’s research projects in the light of the themes and issues discussed in the course (in that case, the size of the paper has to be 8 pages).    

Target group and min/max number of participants

WASS-PhD’s, 10/20 participants

Assumed prior knowledge



March 6 13.00-14.30
March 10 10.30-12.00
March 14 13.00-14.30
March 17 10.30-12.00
March 21 13.00-14.30
March 24 10.30-12.00

    Course fee 

    WASS, PE&RC and WIMEK/SENSE PhDs with TSP € 215
    a) All other PhD candidates b) Postdocs and staff of the above mentioned Graduate Schools € 430
    All others € 645

    NB: for some courses, PhD candidates from other WUR graduate schools with a TSP are also entitled to a reduced fee. Please consult your Education/PhD Programme Coordinator for more information

    Cancellation conditions

    The participants can cancel their registration free of charge 1 month before the course starts. A cancellation fee of 100% applies if a participant cancels his/her registration less than 1 month prior to the start of the course.

    The organisers have the right to cancel the course no later than one month before the planned course start date in the case that the number of registrations does not reach the minimum.

    The participants will be notified of any changes at their e-mail addresses.