Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
Qualitative Research Methods, 7.5 credits
(Kvalitativa metoder, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1104ST
Subject area: Political Science
Main field of study: Political Science
Academic school: School of Social Sciences
Disciplinary domain: Social Sciences 100%
Grading scale: G/VG
Education cycle: Second-cycle (Master)
Progressive specialisation: A1N (Second cycle. Entry requirements: completed first-cycle course/s)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: HT 2017 (autumn semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Humanities, Social Sciences and Technology at Södertörn University on 2017-03-28 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Social Sciences as the main field of study, and English B or equivalent.

3. Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • recount, at an advanced level, the aims, logic and character of various research methods that are used in the collection, interpretation and analysis of data;
  • independently apply and use qualitative research methods;
  • understand and evaluate, at an advanced level, research based on qualitative methods;
  • reflect, at an advanced level, on the scope and limitations involved in using qualitative methods.

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    This course presents and critically assesses qualitative methods for the collection, interpretation and analysis of empirical data. Specific methods in focus include qualitative research interviews, archival research, participant observation, and a variety of methods for textual analysis. The course addresses the strengths, weaknesses, and applicability of each method. This course will not only deepen the participants’ understanding of the advantages and limits of qualitative methods, but also develop skills for using such methods in practice. Ethical and gender considerations for various methods are thoroughly discussed.

    • Qualitative Research Methods, 7,5 credits
      (Kvalitativa metoder, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

    • 1001, Qualitative Research Methods, 7,5 credits
      (Kvalitativa metoder, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G/VG

    5. Course design

    Lectures, mandatory seminars, and practical applications.

    6. Examination format

    The course is examined via:
    -Written take-home exam
    -Active participation in seminars
    -Written hand-in assignments

    Occasional absence from a seminar can be compensated for by a written exercise, as advised by the examiner.
     The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

    7. Reading list

    8. Restrictions on accreditation

    The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.