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Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences

  • Number of credits 7.5 Credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2021

About the course

The course is divided in three modules. During the first part of the course the historical background and recent developments of qualitative research methods are introduced. Basic ontological and epistemological assumptions are discussed. Attention is also directed to subjects such as research ethics, analytical procedures, presentation of results, and transferability. During the second part of the course different qualitative traditions are presented, in order to gain a more in-depth understanding of qualitative research practice. This part consists of both theoretical discussion and practical exercises. The third part of the course is dedicated to the individual examination paper. In this paper students are expected to reflect on the ontological and epistemological assumptions and/or the practice of qualitative research methods in relation to one or several of the traditions presented during the course.

The course is taught in English.

Application and eligibility

Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences, 7.5 hp


2 November 2021


16 January 2022

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Type of studies

Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

Univ: Courses of the amount of 90 ECTS credits in Social Sciences (Business Administration 90 ECTS, Economics 90 ECTS, Economic History 90 ECTS, Pedagogy 90 ECTS, Gender Studies 90 ECTS, Human Geography 90 ECTS, Informatics 90 ECTS, Peace and Conflict Studies 90 ECTS, Political Science 90 ECTS, Psychology 90 ECTS, Social Administration 90 ECTS, Social Care 90 ECTS, Social Policy 90 ECTS, Social Work 90 ECTS, Sociology 90 ECTS), or equivalent eligibility.
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5.


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Course is given by
Department of Sociology
Contact person for the course is:
Department of Sociology