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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

    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.


    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

  • Course literature

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

    Study counsellor
    Anna Nyström
    +46(0)8 16 14 25

    Study administrator
    Linda Rämö
    +46 (0)8 674 75 61