Course code AOS240

AOS240 Research in Social Sciences

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Course responsible: Frode Alfnes
Teachers: Tor Morten Løland
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Preferential right:
-Bachelor in Business Administration
Course contents:
The course aims to give the students insight into how one can plan and conduct empirical analyses of questions in the social sciences. The course aims to enable students to conduct investigations that can endure a critical evaluation based on the most common quality criteria that are used for such investigations. The course is organised around the two types of empirical design that are most referred to - the survey and the experiment. Emphasis will be placed on the students" understanding of the possibilities and limitations of these two designs and how the concrete question that is analysed influences them, and which of these two designs should be chosen and how the shaping of the chosen design determines what conclusions can be drawn on the basis of the conducted investigation. Inside this framework, the lecturers will more specifically deal with how the information brought forward by the investigation may be analysed and thereby answer some of the central questions of the investigation.
Learning outcome:
To plan and conduct social science studies.
Learning activities:
Lectures, group work, and exercises.
Teaching support:
Textbook and some additional reading.
Recommended prerequisites:
Basic statistics.
Mandatory activity:
Written examination, 3 hours (counts 2/3 of the total grade). Group assignment (counts 1/3 of the total grade). If you fail one of them, you fail the course. If the examination and the group assignment is not passed in the same semester, the grade is based only on the the examination. 
Nominal workload:
150 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
2 hours per week with classroom lectures + a few weeks with 2 hours per week with other activities.
An external examiner will assess the curriculum and the exam. Grades will be set by the internal examiner (teacher).
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått