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SVF-3025 Methods in social research: An interdisciplinary approach - 10 ECTS
Students, who have successfully completed the course, should have the following learning outcomes:
- Have an understanding of the aims, principles and practice of social research
- Have an understanding of the philosophical debates underlying research methods in the social sciences
- Have an understanding of the interplay between methods (techniques of evidence gathering) and methodology (the theory and analysis of how research should proceed).
- Have the ability and confidence to determine the contexts within which to use particular social research methods
- Have a grasp of the key components of a research proposal and the related methods for data collection and analysis
- Have the ability to sort out the practicalities involved in planning research on sensitive issues and doing fieldwork overseas.
Skills and competences:
- Capable of applying basic research tools to the design of a master's project that involves data collection
- Capable of presenting and analysing field data, as well as writing a research report or thesis
- Capable of managing the ethical and security issues associated with fieldwork
- Capable of taking responsibility for one's own learning by working independently towards the realisation of the course objectives.
A mix of lectures and seminars according to a detailed plan
The learning outcomes can only be achieved through active student participation. Students are thus expected to read and prepare before every lecture and/or seminar session.
The course is to be evaluated at the SSL (Student-Staff Liaison) forum in spring semester, as well as in an anonymous online evaluation every other spring semester.