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COURSE SYLLABUS

Methodology in social sciences 7.5 credits

Samhällsvetenskaplig metod
First cycle, S0053A
Version
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2022 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.


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;
  • explain, exemplify and apply basic scientific data collection and analysis methods
  • account for the social science research process
  • to be able to independently formulate a research problem and reflect on and assess what is reasonable theory and methodology
  • apply various methodological tools for data analysis
  • critically review social science reports or previous research based on how these have handled the connection between social science theory and qualitative and quantitative approaches to study scientific problem
  • report, present and make available scientific results
  • awareness of how methodological knowledge can be used in a future profession

Contents
The course deals with the different steps of the social science research process, qualitative and quantitative method, different data collection methods such as survey, register data, interview and observation. The course also deals with methods for analysis of qualitative data (interview, observation) and quantitative data (survey, register data).

Realization
Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.

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 part of the course is to independently and in groups applying the methods such as laboratory performing qualitative analyzes (coding and concept generation) and quantitative analyzes (statistical analyzes eg cross table, chi2, correlation) using statistics program. Students are offered the opportunity to work with research themes related to the sociological research conducted at the Department of Work Science.

Examination
If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.

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 ETKS educational administration, eduetks@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 2021 Sp 2
Bryman, Alan, 1947-2017. - Samhällsvetenskapliga metoder / Alan Bryman ; översättning: Björn Nilsson.. - 2018 -3rd edition. - ISBN: 9789147112067

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Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

Modules
CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001SeminarsU G VG *2.50MandatoryA13
0002Written reportU G VG *5.00MandatoryA13

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

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 Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 11 Feb 2022