Course code PPFO401

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
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2004V
Preferential right:
Course contents:
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 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.
Learning outcome:


The candidate can establish a basis for using qualitative research methodology


The candidate is able to use qualitative methods in their own research project

General competence

The candidate can reflect upon his/her own role in the research process.

Learning activities:
The course is based on two gatherings and individual work and study between the gatherings.
Teaching support:
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.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation in the two gatherings and submission of a preliminary outline for the essay (assignment).

Essay which is to be submitted ca. two weeks after the last gathering. 

Assessment: Passed/Not passed.

Nominal workload:
Total workload: 450 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
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: Continuous exam: Passed / Failed