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Subject Module Course 4 / 7: Advanced Social Science Methodology

Subject
Subject module in BSc of Business Administration / Subject module in International Studies / Subject module in International Studies 1-subject / Subject module in Business Studies
Activitytype
subject module course
Teaching language
English
Registration

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Academic prerequisites

Students enrolled in the International Bachelor in Social Sciences programme can choose which of the two specialisations they wish to attend. Students enrolled in the International Bachelor in Humanities or the International Bachelor in Natural Sciences programmes must attend the specialisation Practising Qualitative Methods to gain the necessary methodological competencies required by a social science subject.

Foreign language reading proficiency

Students are expected to be able to read academic texts in English.

Course order

It is recommended that this subject module course is attended during the 5th semester.

Objectives description (assessment criteria)

The objective of the course is to enable the student to acquire:

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge at an advanced level of methodological practice within the methodological specialisation chosen by the student

Skills:

  • Skills in applying the chosen methodological specialisation at an advanced level

Competencies:

  • Competency to indicate methodological solutions on the premises of the individual methodological specialisation, including by drawing upon relevant perspectives from other methodological specialisations

  • Competency to reflect on the specialised methodological approach in the context of scientific assessment criteria

Overall content

The course consists of a number of different social scientific methodological specialisations, each of which is provided as a separate methodological specialisation track. The Study Board will ensure that the range on offer is varied, and must approve the content of each of the methodological specialisations offered. At least one methodological specialisation track is offered within quantitative methods each semester. The content of the individual specialisations will be published at kursus.ruc.dk before course registration.

Detailed description of content

Track 1: Document Analysis in a Global Context

Documents are a rich source of information. Not only contemporary, but also historic documents tell a story about the context, authors, objectives and the priorities. This course focuses on how to access, collect, analyse and interpret documents from international organisations and in an international context. The course enables students to find the right documents for their projects and provides the students with different tools to conduct document analysis.

The 3 hours of teaching typically consists of a presentation by the lecturer of about an hour, and the remaining time will consist of group exercises and student presentations. It is recommended that students bring a laptop for the lectures. Students are also asked well in advance to install Nvivo, which is available at our home page.

Track 2: Practising Qualitative Methods

This course will provide tools, methods and common approaches to the study of social sciences and the production of empirically grounded research. Importantly, the course offers an opportunity to practise these methods in Denmark following a learning-by-doing approach. The fieldwork is included in order to give students a greater opportunity to practise qualitative research in an environment focused on learning the tools and techniques while reflecting on challenges pertaining to different methods, and the inherently interpersonal nature of data production. In this course, we will adopt a common problem formulation that we want to explore empirically. The overall theme for the fieldwork is about non-citizens’ citizenship in Denmark. More specifically, we want to investigate how do non-citizens in DK navigate to access rights and resources despite their ‘denizen’ status.

During the first session, students will be formed in groups. Each group will define its own set of research questions. This should clarify which group of non-citizens, what kind of rights, what does it mean being a citizen for them, etc. The fieldwork practice will take place in Copenhagen (or any place in DK – Skype interviews are also an option). During the fieldwork practice, students will work either in pairs or individually. Each student/pair has to identify and recruit respondents (at least one) using their own social networks. Each student must as a minimum complete one qualitative interview. Students can choose between various types of interviews (unstructured, semi-structured, questionnaire, focus group…). If possible, the interview should be recorded. The (audio- or video-) recorded interview will be transcribed and coded for further analysis (class exercise). The sum of empirical material produced individually will allow us, as a research team, to benefit from the work done by others to better understand the problem we want to explore. This advanced course is dedicated to students who have already some knowledge about doing qualitative research in social science. It is meant to consolidate students’ understanding of fieldwork methodologies as well as their critical reflections on the methods used to produce academic work. Importantly, the course aims at training student’s abilities to study in a learning-by-practicing process. The sessions will typically consist in group discussions and exercises, preparation for fieldwork and presentations, and lectures by a set of experimented teachers. Students are expected to bring their laptop in class.

Course material and reading list

Up to 600 pages

Form of examination

Individual, written, compulsory assignment. The task consists of a single examination question set by the course teacher within the methodological specialisation that the student has chosen to take as the methodological track for the course. The assignment will be announced at least 21 days before the date for its submission, and must have a maximum size of 19,200 characters in all, corresponding to a maximum of eight standard pages at 2,400 characters per page. The assignment must be submitted on the first weekday following the final course session.

If the assignment deviates from the size requirements it will be refused assessment, and one examination attempt will be deemed to have been used up.

Form of re-examination

Re-examination takes the form of a 48-hour individual, written, compulsory assignment. The task consists of a single examination question set by the course teacher within the methodological specialisation that the student has chosen to take as the methodological track for the course. The assignment must consist of 19,200 characters in all, corresponding to a maximum of eight standard pages at 2,400 characters per page.

Examination type
Individual examination
Exam aids

all

Assessment
7-point grading scale
Moderation
None (i.e. course lecturer assesses)
The responsible course lecturer
Kennet Lynggaard (kennetl@ruc.dk)
Teacher
Kennet Lynggaard (kennetl@ruc.dk)
Eric Komlavi Hahonou (komlavi@ruc.dk)
Peter Triantafillou (triant@ruc.dk)
Mads Christian Dagnis Jensen (mcjensen@ruc.dk)
Jesper Dahl Kelstrup (kelstrup@ruc.dk)
Administration of exams
ISE Studieadministration (ise-studieadministration@ruc.dk)
STADS stamdata
Fagmodulkursus
Belastning : 5 ECTS Aktivitetskode : U25500
Prøveform : Hjemmeopgave Bedømmelse : Bestået/ikke bestå Censur : Intern censur
Last changed 21/06/2018

lecture list:

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Friday 08-09-2017 15:15 - 08-09-2017 17:00 in week 36
Lecture 1: Introduction

Friday 22-09-2017 09:00 - 22-09-2017 12:00 in week 38
Lecture 2 - Document Analysis in a Global Context: What are documents and documents analysis?

Friday 22-09-2017 13:30 - 22-09-2017 16:30 in week 38
Lecture 2 - Practising Qualitative Methods:

Friday 29-09-2017 09:00 - 29-09-2017 12:00 in week 39
Lecture 3 - Document Analysis in a Global Context: How to use documents in social science analysis?

Friday 29-09-2017 13:30 - 29-09-2017 16:30 in week 39
Lecture 3 - Practising Qualitative Methods:

Friday 06-10-2017 09:00 - 06-10-2017 12:00 in week 40
Lecture 4 - Document Analysis in a Global Context: Automated Content Analysis of Documents I

Friday 06-10-2017 13:30 - 06-10-2017 16:30 in week 40
Lecture 4 - Practising Qualitative Methods:

Friday 13-10-2017 09:00 - 13-10-2017 12:00 in week 41
Lecture 5 - Document Analysis in a Global Context: Automated Content Analysis of Documents II

Friday 13-10-2017 13:30 - 13-10-2017 16:30 in week 41
Lecture 5 - Practising Qualitative Methods:

Friday 20-10-2017 09:00 - 20-10-2017 12:00 in week 42
Lecture 6 - Document Analysis in a Global Context: Analysing documents using computer software I

Friday 20-10-2017 13:30 - 20-10-2017 16:30 in week 42
Lecture 6 - Practising Qualitative Methods:

Friday 27-10-2017 09:00 - 27-10-2017 12:00 in week 43
Lecture 7 - Document Analysis in a Global Context: Analysing documents using computer software II

Friday 27-10-2017 13:30 - 27-10-2017 16:30 in week 43
Lecture 7 - Practising Qualitative Methods:

Friday 03-11-2017 09:00 - 03-11-2017 12:00 in week 44
Lecture 8 - Document Analysis in a Global Context: Analysing discourses using documents I

Friday 03-11-2017 13:30 - 03-11-2017 16:30 in week 44
Lecture 8 - Practising Qualitative Methods:

Friday 10-11-2017 09:00 - 10-11-2017 12:00 in week 45
Lecture 9 - Document Analysis in a Global Context: Analysing discourses using documents II

Friday 10-11-2017 13:30 - 10-11-2017 16:30 in week 45
Lecture 9 - Practising Qualitative Methods:

Friday 17-11-2017 09:00 - 17-11-2017 12:00 in week 46
Lecture 10 - Document Analysis in a Global Context: Student presentations of abstracts

Friday 17-11-2017 13:30 - 17-11-2017 16:30 in week 46
Lecture 10 - Practising Qualitative Methods:

Monday 20-11-2017 11:00 - 20-11-2017 11:00 in week 47
Exam

Monday 12-02-2018 09:00 - Wednesday 14-02-2018 09:00 in week 07
Re-exam