Emneplan forMALK4000-403 Atferdsanalyse og radikalbehaviorisme


Coursework requirements from MALK 4000-401, 4000-402 and MALKA 211 or equivalent must be approved to participate and submit coursework requirements in MALK 4000-403.


On successful completion of the course, the student has the following learning outcomes

classified as knowledge and competence:



The student

  • can discuss arguments for and against a natural scientific approach to human behavior
  • can describe and discuss the philosophy of science that has description, prediction, and control as its goals
  • can explain behavior analysis in a historical context
  • can describe main philosophical views within a natural science approach including positivism, empiricism, and contextualism
  • can describe and compare selection as an explanation of behavior on a phylogenic, ontogenetic, and cultural level
  • can describe a functional analysis of verbal behavior
  • can discuss necessary considerations when deciding which analytic units are appropriate for the experimental and the applied analysis of behavior
  • can describe behavior change systems and behavior change procedures



The student

  • understand the implications of a natural scientific approach to behavior


Historical and philosophical context of behavior analysis; core concepts in behavior analysis; natural science;  prediction and control;  experimental designs;  analytic units

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

The course will include lectures, exercises, discussion of literature. The lectures will partly be based on interteaching sequences using readings from the curriculum.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

Students submit 4 written assignments, each with maximum 3 pages including references, according to the deadlines in the course schedule.

Vurdering og eksamen

Individual written examination with invigilation, 4 hours.

Exam questions are in English. Students may submit their exams in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. 

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen



A grading scale of A (highest) to F (lowest) where A to E is a pass grade and F is a fail grade


One internal and one external examiner

Om emnet

Engelsk emnenavn
Behavior Analysis and Radical Behaviorism
Høst: Masterstudium i atferdsvitenskap, deltid / Masterstudium i atferdsvitenskap
10 stp.
VÅR 2020
VÅR 2020
Høst 2019: Masterstudium i atferdsvitenskap, deltid / Masterstudium i atferdsvitenskap