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Research design

The course provides the students with deeper knowledge and insights in the planning and designing of social science research projects.

The course thereby develops the students' critical approach towards science and research, and knowledge and skills in, among others, formulating research problems and research questions, planning for collection and analysis of material/data, operationalizing and defining, and motivating different choices in a research design. Additionally, the course develops students' understanding of how the different parts in a research design – previous research, research problem, theory, method and material – are related and how research design relates to the basic premises in the philosophy of science.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures and seminars. In order to pass the course, students must receive the grade E or higher on all examinations, complete all mandatory assignments and meet the attendance requirement. All courses on the Master's level are all held in English.


    The course assessment consists of participation in mandatory seminar discussions, and through written assignments.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
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