PPFO401 Qualitative Method
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Course responsible: Edvin Østergaard
Teachers: Linda Sue Jolly, Erling Krogh, Knut Omholt, Margrethe Naalsund
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: EN
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This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching in Spring parallel and evaluation the June block
Course frequency: This course will be given sporadically based on demand and other relevant conditions. The course can be initiated independently of the ordinary semesters.
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Qualitative methods presuppose an insight into both the specific problem area and the researcher"s participative role and scientific approach. The course will introduce phenomenology and cultural analysis as tools for placing students" research topics in a meaningful context. In a phenomenological-hermeneutic perspective, the course will focus on qualitative methods as a double tool: in order to describe and analyse phenomena in the world and to understand our own knowledge and values. For this reason, decisive weight is placed on giving individual students the possibility for in-depth study of the method relevant for their own research. Topics: qualitative methods as a research area, phenomenology and hermeneutics, case study methodology, narrative research method, cultural understanding and analysis, performing in-depth interviews as a base for knowledge formation.
The candidate can establish a basis for using qualitative research methodology
The candidate is able to use qualitative methods in their own research project
The candidate can reflect upon his/her own role in the research process.
The course is based on two gatherings and individual work and study between the gatherings.
The writing assignment is assisted through supervision from both course teachers and fellow students. Main supervising activity takes place during the two gatherings, but also online supervision between the gatherings.
The literature consists of two parts: one part joint guiding literature (630 pages) which will be analysed in common, and another part individually chosen literature (320 pages) chosen by each student for in-depth study of the method relevant to their research.
The course requires admission to a doctoral programme at NMBU or other universities/university colleges.
Participation in the two gatherings and submission of a preliminary outline for the essay (assignment).
An essay is to be submitted ca. two weeks after the last gathering.
Total workload: 375 hours.
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
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Two gatherings of three days. In addition, the students work on the Internet through the course's LMS.
At least 6 participants are needed for the course to be initiated.
The external examiner approves the exam arrangement and the criteria for evaluation and assesses the students' essays.
Examination details: Assignement: Passed / Not Passed