Methods in Social Sciences 1 15 credits

Samhällsvetenskaplig metod 1
First cycle, P0045A
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2020 Sp 4 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 13 Dec 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 17 Jan 2020

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

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 2a/2b/2c, Social Studies 1b/1a1+1a2 (specifik entry A5). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics B, Social Studies A (specifik entry 5)

More information about English language requirements


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

Course Aim
The student should after completion be able to:
•    Convert psychological theories as well as previous research into methodological strategies related to scientific problems
•    Understand the research process and research design
•    Present examples of qualitative and quantitative methods used in psychology
•    Plan and accomplish investigations using qualitative and quantitative methods concerning the definition of problem and acquisition, elaboration and analysis of data
•    Critical examine results and analysis
•    Write a simple report.

Part 1. Qualitative Method, 7.5hp.
An overview and introduction to qualitative methods.
Acquisition and interpretation of qualitative data.
Applied exercises using qualitative methods.
Part 2. Quantitative Method, 7.5hp.
Basic quantitative methods and their applications in psychology.
Statistical methods, and how to perform them on a computer, like description, correlation, and statistical inference.
Studies of the normal distribution, hypothesis testing, probability, level of significance, error of measurement and estimates of confidence.

Lectures, seminaries and exercises where the students work, under supervising, with problem solving in groups. Exercises in statistics, with and without support by computer, and seminaries on the student's investigation.

Part 1. Qualitative Method: Assignment, 2.5hp. Written exam, 5.0hp.
Part 2. Quantitative Method: Assignment, 2.5hp. Written exam, 5.0hp.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration, 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.

 Due to similar content, the course can not be included in a degree together with the course P0036A and P0037A or other courses with similar content.

Transition terms
The course replaces P0036A , P0037A .

Lisa Öman Ekervhén

Literature. Valid from Spring 2020 Sp 4 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Part 1: Qualitative method
Howitt, D. (2016). Introduction to qualitative methods in psychlogy. UK:Pearson Education.

Part 2: Quantitative method
Field, A. (2018). Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics. London: Sage.

Articles can be added.

Reference literature:
Backman, J. (2008). Rapporter och uppsatser. Studentlitteratur: Lund. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2010). Washington DC:American Psychological Association.
Borg, E. & Westerlund, J. (2013). Statistik för beteendevetare, övningsbok. Stockholm: Liber.

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0015Qualitative Methods - Written examU G VG *5.00MandatoryS15
0017Quantitative Methods - Written examU G VG *5.00MandatoryS15
0018Qualitative Method - AssignmentU G#2.50MandatoryS20
0019Quantitative Method - AssignmentU G#2.50MandatoryS20