Course code EDS415

EDS415 Research methodology in PhD projects: Research design and methodological choices with a focus on qualitative research

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Course responsible: Espen Olav Sjaastad, Esben Leifsen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
16
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Preferential right:

1. PHD-NOR

2 PHD-ILP

3 PHD-NMBU

Course contents:
The main objective of the course is to provide course participants with a basic understanding of some of the key elements of the methodological part of research design in a PhD project. Participants will acquire a better informed basis for choosing and combining different methods used in social science and interdisciplinary research. The course consists of two parts: The focus in the first part is on research design and the implications of methodological choices in projects based either on single or multiple/mixed methods (such as a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods). In the second part, participants are introduced to the basic characteristics of qualitative research and to the kinds of knowledge production that qualitative methods can provide. A main objective is to challenge the participants to reflect on the possibilities and limitations involved in different methodological choices, to provide a basis for an informed discussion of the methodological challenges implied in combining research methods, and to use this insight to inform the work with the research design of their own PhD projects.
Learning outcome:

Participants will:

  • become familiar with key elements of the methodological part of research design in a PhD project.
  • acquire an informed basis for choosing and combining different methods used in social science and interdisciplinary research.  
  • Become familiar with the implications of methodological choices in projects based on single and mixed methods.
  • acquire a basic understanding of main characteristics of qualitative research.  
Learning activities:
Participation in classes is essential in this course. It adopts a participatory approach in that the lecturers and students work inter actively. The course consists of lectures by teachers, discussions and presentations by course participants. Students are also required to read and actively use the literature in the reading list, and must write two short papers (a note on method use and a reflection note) in relation to the course. 
Teaching support:
Discussions and feedback between students, course responsible, and participating staff.
Syllabus:
Selected articles and bookchapters.
Prerequisites:
Participants must hold a Master´s degree or equivalent. They must also have been admitted to a PhD programme, and have formulated a research proposal which can be further developed.
Recommended prerequisites:
Master degree based in either social or interdisciplinary science with a focus on development-oriented problems. Participants must have initiated their PhD studies.
Mandatory activity:
Participation in lectures is mandatory.
Assessment:
Continuous evaluation. Two written assignments; a preliminary note on planned method use in the participants' PhD projects, and a final reflection note based on insight from the course on methodological choices regarding the design of the PhD projects. Grading: pass / fail. English only.
Nominal workload:
125 hours
Entrance requirements:
The participants must have initiated their PhD studies (be admitted to a PhD programme) and have formulated a research proposal which can be further developed during the course.
Reduction of credits:
No
Type of course:
30 hours of lectures, seminars and guidance.
Note:
The course is organised by Department of International Environment and Development Studies/Noragric. The course requires individual work and an asssignment before course start.
Examiner:
Evaluation setup to be approved by external examiner.
Examination details: Portfolio: Passed / Not Passed