COURSE SYLLABUS

Methodology in social sciences 7.5 Credits

Samhällsvetenskaplig metod
First cycle, S0053A
Version
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2017 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 Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 18 Feb 2013

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Feb 2017

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

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


More information about English language requirements


Selection

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



Course Aim
Explain, give examples and apply basic scientific work and analysis;
  • to account for the social science research
  • to independently formulate a research question and reflect on theoretical and methodological choices and apply different methodological tools for data analysis
  • critically examine social science reports or previous research based on how they have dealt with social science theory and qualitative and quantitative approaches to the study of scientific problems

Contents
The course deals with the social science research process, qualitative and quantitative methods as well as various data collection methods such as:
  • Survey
  • Registry data
  • Interview
  • Observation

Realization
Teaching consists of lectures and seminars / group work / data labs. Attendance is mandatory at seminars and group exercises and computer labs. The perspectives highlighted during the lectures are followed up in seminars where students in groups may examine the methods and discuss its possibilities and problems. A significant portion of the course is to independently and in groups applying the methods.

Examination
Examination through participation in seminars, computer labs and a written report outlining the methodological knowledge applied. Through seminars examined the goals that the student after completing the course will be able to:
  • critically examine social science reports or previous research based on how they have dealt with social science theory and qualitative and quantitative approaches to the study of scientific problems
  • explain, give examples and apply basic scientific work and analysis to
  •   describe for the social science research

Through the written report examined the goals that the student after completing the course will be able to:
  • explain, give examples and apply basic scientific work and analysis
  • independently formulate a research problem which is then analyzed with appropriate methodological tools

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.

Examiner
Mats Jakobsson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2013 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Esaiasson, Peter (2007). Metodpraktikan: konsten att studera samhälle, individ och marknad. 3., [rev.] uppl. Stockholm: Norstedts juridik
Artiklar tillkommer

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

Items/credits
NumberTypeCreditsGrade
0001Seminars2.5U G VG
0002Written report5.0U G VG

Study guidance
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