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Research methodology

The purpose of the course is to provide the student with knowledge of and experience in research methods in social science.

The course covers: basic epistemology, paradigms and theories used in social science research, ethics and politics of social science research, research designs and their implementations.

  • Course structure

    For detailed information, please see the course description:  PH02A0 Course description 2021 (82 Kb)

    More information will also be distributed to all registered students though Athena.

    Teaching format

    The teaching will be based on seminars/workshops.

    Participation in the seminars/workshops is mandatory. In case of absence, the student will be givencompensatory assignments.

    The course will be taught in English.

    You will find more detailed information in the course description, which will be available here at least one month before the course starts.

    Course managers

    Anders Ledberg and Jukka Törrönen


    The course is examined through an individually written take-home exam, as well as active participation inthe seminars/workshops, which includes individually written assignments and preparatory exercises.

    In case of absence, the student will be given compensatory assignments.

    The take-home exam will be graded on a goal-based seven-point grading scale (A-F).

    The participation in the seminars/workshops will be graded on a two-point grading scale (G=Pass, U=Fail). The principles for weighting each part of the examination are presented in the grading criteria, as defined in the course plan

    The examination will be in English.

    If the student has a certificate from Stockholm University which recommends special pedagogical support, the examiner has the right to offer the student alternative forms of examination.


    Anders Ledberg and Jukka Törrönen

  • 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.

    A detailed schedule for this course will be presented to all registered students in Athena, and in the course description (available above under 'Course structure').

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Course reports

  • Contact


    Contact information for Master's students

    Study counsellor
    Study administrator
    Coordinator, master's programme
    Director of Studies, Basic and advanced levels