Theory and method (TOM)

Course description

This course is designed to prepare you for your dissertation research. More specifically, the course aims to help you design and undertake a research project by examining the principles and procedures of various social science methods, which are used to conduct empirical research. The course also demonstrates how these methods are used in actual research projects.

The course deals with the following main issues:
• Problem formulation, research design and the research process
• Data generation
• Data analysis
Furthermore, the course discusses the meta-theoretical underpinnings of research. The course consists of
lectures, seminars, fieldwork, group work sessions, written assignments, and peer reviewing.

Intended Learning Outcomes
The course aims to help students develop the understanding, skills and judgment necessary to methodologically conduct an empirical research study. On successful completion of the course students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
1. Compare and contrast different research methodologies and methods.

Skills and abilities
2. Formulate an adequate research problem, aim and research question.
3. Select and apply adequate methods of data generation and data analysis to investigate this research question.
4. Justify your choice of methods.

Judgement and approach
5. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of your empirical material.
6. Handle ethical challenges and dilemmas in research.

Please Note !

There will be no new admissions to this course.

Course title:
Theory and method
Semester: Autumn term 2018
Study period: 1 2
Rate of studies: 50%
Level: Graduate level (second cycle)
Credits: 7.5
Language of instruction: English


Course coordinator:
Helena Flinck
Head of course:
Hans Rämö