COURSE SYLLABUS

Scientific theory, research methods and ethics 15 credits

Vetenskapsteori, metod och etik
First cycle, G0012N
Version
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Feb 2020

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Feb 2020

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG
Subject
Business Administration
Subject group (SCB)
Business Administration

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics 3b/3c , Social Studies 1b/1a1 +1a2 (specifik entry A4). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses English B, Mathematics C, Social Studies A (specifik entry 4)


More information about English language requirements


Selection

The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.



Course Aim
Knowledge and understanding
After finalizing the course, the student shall be able to account for
•    the main scientific theory perspectives
•    what characterize scientific approaches and methods
•    the different parts of the research process and relations among them
•    qualitative methods
•    ethics and gender issues related to research processes

Skill and ability
After finalizing the course, the student shall be able to
•    reflect upon how different scientific perspectives could influence knowledge processes
•    design a research proposal
•    carry out a study based on qualitative methods
•    reflect upon how ethics and gender issues could influence research processes

Ability to critically reflect and evaluate
After finalizing the course, the student has an ability to critically reflect upon
•    different forms of knowledge
•    one’s own and others’ research processes
•    opportunities and limitations with qualitative methods
•    the significance of ethics and gender issues on research processes

Contents
The course deal with the main scientific theory perspectives and the different parts of the research process (problem, purpose, method, theory, analysis, conclusions). The course focuses in particular on qualitative methods. Examples are predominantly drawn from business administration and economics, but the course is also relevant to all social science research. The course is divided into modules.

Scientific theory and the research process
In one of the course modules, an overview of the main scientific theory perspectives and what characterize scientific approaches and methods are given. The module also deals with the different parts of the research process, from formulating problems to conclusions, and how different perspectives could influence choices in the research process. The module also deals with how good research practice, ethics and gender issues could influence the research process.

Qualitative method
The second module in the course build on the first but focuses on research processes predominantly based on qualitative methods for collecting and analyzing empirical material. The module also includes the planning and carrying out a research process based on qualitative methods. The module also deal with how good research practice and gender issues can influence research processes based on qualitative methods.

Realization
In the carrying out of the course, the following activities are included:
•    individual studies
•    lectures
•    written assignments
•    a project report
•    seminars

Examination
The course objectives and expected learning outcomes are examined through completion of written assignments, seminars and a project report. Scientific theory and the research process are examined in seminars and through written assignments. Qualitative methods are examined in seminars, one written assignment and through a project report.

In order to receive the grade Pass (G) for the course, all tests must receive at least the grade Pass. In order to receive the grade Pass with Distinction (VG), at least 8 out of 15 credits must receive the grade VG and the remaining tests at least G.

Remarks
Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration eduets@ltu.se,not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Replaces the courses Scientific Method (G0006N) and Science and Ethics: An Introduction for Social Scientist Students (G0009N).

Examiner
Johan Sandström

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2020 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Lind, Rolf (2019) Vidga vetandet: en introduktion till samhällsvetenskaplig forskning. Second edition. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Ahrne, Göran och Svensson, Peter (red., 2015) Handbok i kvalitativa metoder. Malmö: Liber.

Additional literature might be added.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

Modules
CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Test 1: Written assignment and seminarU G#1.50MandatoryA20
0002Test 2: Written assignment and seminarU G VG3.00MandatoryA20
0003Test 3: Written assignment and seminarU G VG3.00MandatoryA20
0004Test 4: Written assignment and seminarU G VG2.50MandatoryA20
0005Test 5: Written project report and seminarU G VG5.00MandatoryA20