COURSE SYLLABUS

Applied sociological analysis and methods 15 credits

Tillämpad sociologisk analys och metod
First cycle, S0059A
Version
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Feb 2014

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 18 Feb 2019

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject
Sociology
Subject group (SCB)
Sociology
Main field of study
Sociology

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 and Basic Theory in Sociology (S0015A), Organisation and work sociology (S0016A), Essay writing in sociology (S0060A), Basic Socialpsychology (S0052A), Theory of science in Sociology (S0046A), Methods in sociology I (S0047A), Current sociological research (S0061A) or equivalent.


More information about English language requirements


Selection

The selection is based on 1-165 credits.



Course Aim
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • Search for and critically evaluate scientific papers in the chosen field of research
  • Identify and describe current research in terms of theory and scientific methods
  • Based on sociological theory and previous research, choose an appropriate methodological approach for carrying out an empirical study
  • Conduct research with qualitative and / or quantitative methods based on an independently developed research question, data collection, data processing and analysis
  • Critically reflect on the own research design in terms of implementation, results and analysis
  • Write an essay including analysis of empirical data
  • Critically examine other students' essays
  • Orally present own study, where applicable also presented for external parties / stakeholders

Contents
Students are to deepen their understanding of Sociology when applying theoretical and methodological considerations by performing empirical studies of a common problem area. Theme for the common area is defined by the teacher based on the current social phenomena / problems. Studies within these problem areas are often made on behalf of or in collaboration with an external client or stakeholder. The students' work culminates in a scientific report presented to external stakeholders / clients. The course includes both qualitative and quantitative methods. In the qualitative method, interviews are in focus. Source criticism is introduced. Within the quantitative method,  multivariate linear regression models as simple and multiple regressions are introduced. Exercises are made with data collected from a given problem theme. Students also receive training by the University Library on how to search for scientific articles in databases and search tools.

Realization
The course starts from a joint scientific problem area. During lectures, seminars and tutorial session the students in groups, are working with problem solving under the supervision of the lecturers. The course ends in a written essay under the supervision of the lecturers. Exercises in statistics, with or without the aid of a computer, and workshops for the review of operations based on own research.

Examination
Seminars examines the following targets;
  • Search for and critically evaluate scientific papers in the chosen research
  • Identify and describe current research in terms of theory and scientific methods
  • Based on sociological theory and previous research, choose an appropriate methodological approach for carrying out an empirical study
  • Act as opponent on other students essays
  • Orally present own study, where applicable also presented for external parties / stakeholders

Written report examines the following course objectives;

  • Conduct research with qualitative and / or quantitative methods based on an independently developed problem formulation, data collection, data processing and analysis
  • Critically reflect on their own research design in terms of implementation, results and analysis
  • Write an essay with analysis of empirical data.

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.

Due to similar content, the course can not be included in a degree together with the courses S0023A and S0045A or other courses with similar content.

Transition terms
This course replaces the S0023A and S0045A

Examiner
Karolina Parding

Literature. Valid from Spring 2018 Sp 4 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Bryman, A (2011). Samhällsvetenskapliga metoder. Malmö: Liber.
Wibeck, V (2010). Fokusgrupper. Om fokuserade gruppintervjuer som undersökningsmetod. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Nyberg, R & Tidström, A (2012). Skriv vetenskapliga uppsatser, examensarbeten och avhandlingar. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Referenslitteratur
SPSS-akuten https://spssakuten.wordpress.com/
Aronsson, Å (1999). SPSS. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Strömquist, S (2001). Konsten att tala och skriva. Malmö: Gleerups.
Bengtsson, M. & Berglund, T. (red.) (2017). Arbetslivet. (Tredje upplagan). Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Fjæstad, B. & Wolvén, L. (red.) (2005). Arbetsliv och samhällsförändringar. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Artiklar och annan litteratur relaterad till aktuellt problemtema tillkommer.

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

Modules
CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0004Oral presentationU G#1.00MandatoryA14
0006Seminars with oppositionU G#1.00MandatoryA17
0007Scientific essayU G VG *7.50MandatoryA17
0008Literature/Article seminarsU G#3.50MandatoryA17
0009PM-seminarsU G#2.00MandatoryA17

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.