Bachelor degree in social sciences or humanities + the equivalent of English course B
The course can normally be included in a generel degree at advanced level.
The course presents important aspects of theory of science and research methods relevant to the multidisciplinary field of advanced IMER studies. Covering both qualitatively and quantitatively oriented methods of research, the course provides knowledge for the student in formulating research questions and relevant problems/hypotheses for conducting an independent research assignment. The student’s ability to choose, apply and present methods of research will be assessed through seminar presentations and written assignments.
After finishing the course, the student shall:
• display knowledge of and insight into the methodology within the field of research, encompassing the humanities and the social science disciplines relevant to IMER-related research, as well as the various theoretical perspectives that inform such research;
• display an ability to independently identify and formulate a problem for detailed consideration both orally and in writing, and apply methodology correctly in a specific research situation in order to convey the results of their own work, and the results of others;
• display an ability to evaluate and elaborate on issues of empirical research from the relevant social and ethical perspectives.
The course is based on active participation of the students. A variety of methods, including interactive lectures/discussions, assigned readings, and group projects will be utilised for the purpose of achieving the course objectives.
The assessment of the students’ knowledge will be based on individually performed written assignments and/or on oral or written presentations of group projects. In group presentations the individual student’s contribution must be distinguishable.
Students who do not pass the regular course exams have the minimum of two re-sit opportunities. Re-sits follow the same form as the original exams, apart from re-sits for group work, which take the form of individual written and oral assignments.
General literature (whole course):
- 6, P. & Bellamy, C. (2012) Principles of Methodology: Research Design in Social Science. London: Sage. [336 pp.]
- Oliver, P. (2010) The student’s guide to research ethics. 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill/Open University Press (Open UP study skills). [170 pp.]
- Rosenberg, A. (2015) Philosophy of Social Science (5th ed.). Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press. [360 pp.]
- Chambliss, D. and Schutt, R. (2018) Making Sense of the Social World: Methods of Investigation. London: Sage. [400 pp.]
Interview and observation methods
- Brinkmann, S., and Kvale, S. (2018) Doing interviews, Qualitative research Kit (2nd ed.). London: Sage. [120 pp.]
- Hammersley Martin (2007) Ethnography. Principles in Practice. London and NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group (E-book). [280 pp.]
- Karlsson, J. C. and Bergman, A. (2016) Methods for Social Theory. Analytical Tools for Theorizing and Writing. Abingdon-on-Thames, UK: Routledge. [168 pp.]
- Mayan, M. J. (2009) Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry. London and New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. [172 pp.]
Methods for text analysis
- Boréus, K. and Bergström, G. (2017) Analyzing Text and Discourse: Eight Approaches for the Social Science. London: Sage. [304 pp.]
Additional articles and academic theses will be agreed upon during the course.
All students are offered an opportunity to give oral or written feedback at the end of the course. A summary of the results will be made available. The students are also given a possibility to offer feedback through the course council.