To provide students with a sound understanding of the main components of a research project including the linkage between various methodological choices and research design. To give students further insight into a variety of social scientific research strategies, including qualitative and quantitative research designs and methods as well as the basic principles of problem based learning. To enable students to read and reflect critically upon various types of academic research designs. To enable students to select, describe and implement their own methodological choices and research strategies, and to communicate their choices in their own project writing.
Based on a sound understanding of the main components of a research project, students will explore various methodological choices including theory selection and concrete techniques of data selection, collection and analysis in qualitative research and to a certain extent in quantitative research. This will be applied in actual project work in modules 9 and 18. Emphasis will be on how students can translate these methods into their own practices. Furthermore, strong emphasis will be placed on discussing quality criteria in the contexts of both qualitative and quantitative research designs, in order to enable students to make well-founded and ethically sound choices in their own project work, and read academic research critically.
The module consists of lectures, exercises and student contributions.
|Name of exam||Methodology and Methods|
|Type of exam|
Active participation/continuous evaluationThe examination for Methodology and Methods is an internally assessed examination consisting of a requirement of 80% attendance of the module’s teaching sessions as well as thorough preparation of and active participation in the module’s activities. The study board will define the requirements for active participation at the beginning of the semester.
Any re-examination will be a 48-hour take-home assignment set by the course instructor. The assignment paper must not exceed 6 pages.
|Type of grading||Internal examination|
|Criteria of assessment||The criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures|
Laura Landorff is responsible for the module in Aalborg
Danny Raymond is responsible for the module in Copenhagen.
|Study Board||Study Board of International Affairs|
|Department||Department of Politics and Society|
|Faculty||The Faculty of Social Sciences|