Course code AOS340

AOS340 Qualitative Methods

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Course responsible: Bernt Aarset, Arild Wæraas
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 2008-2009
Preferential right:
M-ØA, with a profile in organization and leadership.
Course contents:
The course provides the students with an introduction to qualitative methods. Development of research question, design of research project (case studies and other designs), choice of method and methodology, analysis of data and possible generalization based on qualitative data are core issues in the course. The main technique to collect data wilkl be depth interviews, but participating observation, document analysis, conversation analysis, and others will be presented. The course will provide increased understanding of research and knowledge development. Design and choice of method will be based on research question, theoretical perspectives, analysis, and the direction of the project.
Learning outcome:
This course will provide the students with the necessary knowledge to conduct the masters thesis as a a qualitative research project. A basic introduction to qualitative methods, principles for research design, and for qualitative data analysis are provided.
Learning activities:
The course will be organised as a combination of lectures and group assignment.
Teaching support:
Guidance on appointment.
Textbook with addtional papers on selected themes. Silverman, D. (2011): Interpreting qualitative data. 4th edition. Sage.
AOS240 - Research in Social Sciences or equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
A project assignment will be conducted in groups mid term. In this period there will be no lectures. The group assignment will be assessed as passed/failed. A pass is required in order to have the term paper evaluated.
The mid-term group assignment is assessed passed/failed. The end of the semester assignment is graded. A pass on the group assignment is required to have the semester assignment evaluated.
Nominal workload:
The workload is estimated to 5 ECTS or approximately 150 work hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
One 2-hour seminar/lecture each week.
External censor reviews the group assignment and the semester assignment.
Examination details: Continuious Exam: A - E / Ikke bestått