39361 - Philosophy and Theory for Nursing and Midwifery Science (RN)

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Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student must demonstrate knowledge and skills that extend and strengthen the contents, the operational and research methods of nursing and midwifery sciences acquired in the first cycle of study and understand the historical-philosophical evolution of the respective  disciplinary fields. in order to critically analyze them.

Course contents

  • Elements of Philosophy of Science applied to Nursing  and Midwifery Sciences
  • Epistemology of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences
  • Evolution of welfare disciplines
  • Elements of theoretic and theoretical criticism of nursing and midwifery
  • Research philosophy


Manzoni, E. Le radici e le foglie. Una visione storico-epistemologica della disciplina infermieristica, 2016 - CEA 2° Ed., Milano

Testi di approfondimento e consultazione

Kuhn, S., Thomas, La struttura delle rivoluzioni scientifiche, 2009 - Einaudi 2° Ed., Torino

Popper, R., Karl, Logica della scoperta scientifica. Il carattere autocorrettivo della scienza, 2010 - Einaudi, Torino

Bonioli, G., Vidali P., Introduzione alla filosofia della scienza, 2003-Mondadori Ed., Milano

Costanza, R. La questione infermieristica: prendersi cura o curare? L'Infermieristica è o non è una scienza?, 2012 - CEA, Milano

Teaching methods

Interactive frontal lessons and classroom debate.

Self-assessment test.

Assessment methods

The student will have to demonstrate his ability to debate one of the topics discussed in class as part of an oral exam.

Teaching tools

Projections of slides, handouts on a virtual platform

Office hours

See the website of Sara Emiliani