Course code EDS415

EDS415 Qualitative Methods in Development Studies

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Course responsible: Espen Olav Sjaastad
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
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 the autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Preferential right:
PhD candidates in the Noragric PhD programme, PhD candidates at NMBU.
Course contents:
The main objective of the course is to provide course participants with a basic understanding of some of the key challenges in choice of methods 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 and analysis in a PhD project. The course will help PhD students who plan to use qualitative methods to make explicit and considered methodological choices. 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 research based on fieldwork.
Learning outcome:
Knowledge: About the relationship between theoretical perspectives and research methods in Development studies. Skills: Ability to develop a good and feasible research design for a PhD proejct. General competence: A better understanding of how to use qualitative methods in data collection and analysis.
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 5 day intensive block course consists of lectures by teachers, discussions and presentations by course participants. Students are also required to read and actively use the litterature in the reading list.
Teaching support:
Discussions and feedback between students, course responsible, and participating staff.
Selected articles and bookchapters.
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:
MA degree based in either social or interdisciplinary science with a focus on development-oriented problems. Participants must have initiated their PhD studies.
Mandatory activity:
Participants must submit a preliminary paper, with a deadline one week before the first lecture, where methodological challenges in the candidate's own PhD project are described, and give a brief presentation of the paper during the course. Participation in lectures is mandatory.
Continuous evaluation. Two written assignments; a preliminary essay about methodological challenges in participants' own PhD projects and a final essay about how to meet these challenges. English only.
Nominal workload:
125 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
20 hours of presentations and discussion.
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.
Evaluation setup to be approved by external examiner.
Examination details: Portfolio: Passed / Not Passed