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subject module course
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.
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:
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.
7-point grading scale
None (i.e. course lecturer assesses)
|The responsible course lecturer||
Kennet Lynggaard (email@example.com)
|Administration of exams||
ISE Studieadministration (firstname.lastname@example.org)