EDS415 Qualitative methods in the social sciences
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Course responsible: Tor-Arve Benjaminsen
Teachers: Frances Cleaver
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of International Environment and Development Studies
Teaching language: EN
Limits of class size:
Maximum 16 students. 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.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in January block. This course has teaching/evaluation in January block, Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2009V
PhD candidates in Development Studies at Noragric, PhD candidates at UMB
Engelsk:The main objective of the course is to provide course participants with a basic understanding of some of the key challenges of research design in the social sciences, with an emphasis on the use of qualitative research methods. The course aims to provide a link between general methodological principles and challenges, and the selection and use of a set of research methods and tools for data collection in a PhD project. The course will help PhD students who plan to use qualitative methods to make explicit methodological choices that are well thought through. The course will also address the relationship between epistemology, theoretical perspectives, research questions, and tools of data collection and analysis. In concretising the use of research methods, the course will focus more specifically on fieldwork research, case studies and qualitative interviews.
Knowledge: About the relationship between theoretical perspectives and research methods in Development studies. Abilities: Be able to develop a good and feasible research design for a PhD proejct. General competence: A better understanding of how to use qualitative methods in research. Course participants will be challenged to think more systematically on how they choose and define units of data collection and analysis. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss basic elements in their own research design in smaller groups.
Participation in classes is essential in this course. It adopts a participatory approach in that the lecturers and students work inter actively. The 5 day intensive block course consists of lectures by teachers, discussions and group work with the participation of teachers. Students are also required to read and use actively the litterature in the reading list.
Discussions and feedback between students, and between former and present students.
Creswell, J. W. (2014) Research design. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Desai, V. & R. B. Potter (eds) (2006) Doing development research. London: Sage.
George, A. L. & A. Bennett (2005) Case studies and theory development in the social sciences. Cambridge (Ma): MIT Press.
Kvale, S. & S. Brinckmann (2009) Interviews: Learning the craft of qualitative research interviewing. Los Angeles: Sage.
Maxwell, J.A. (2005) Qualitative research design: An interactive approach. Thousand Oakes: SAGE Publications.
Ragin, C. & H.S. Becker (eds.) (1992) What is a case? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Participants must hold a Master\Â´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.
MA degree based in either social or interdisciplinary science with a focus on development-oriented problems. Participants must have initiated their PhD studies.
The students must submit a preliminary paper before the first lecture and participate in at least 80 % of the lectures.
Exam in ENGLISH ONLY. A final term paper (8-10 pages).
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
16 hours of lectures and 10 hours group work
The course is organised by Department of International Environment and Development Studies/Noragric. The course requires individual work and asssignments before and after the intensive bloque course.
Engelsk:The term paper is evaluated by an external examiner.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått