Translation of the Swedish course syllabus
Advanced Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences, 7.5 credits
(Kvalitativa forskningsmetoder i samhällsvetenskaper, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 43F1007
Discipline for doctoral studies: Other subjects
Academic school: School of Social Sciences
Research area for doctoral studies: Politics, Economy and the Organisation of Society 100%
Grades permitted: G
Education cycle: Third cycle
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: VT 2015 (spring semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by Committee for Research and Doctoral Education at Södertörn University on 2015-04-01 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

Admitted to doctoral studentship.

3. Learning outcomes

On completing the course, the student will have acquired:

An advanced level of understanding of the objectives, logic and characteristics of various qualitative research methods that are used in the collection, analysis and interpretation of research data;
A clear advance in his or her ability to to apply qualitative methods to practical research;
An enhanced ability to understand and evaluate research that utilises qualitative methods;
The ability to review, at an advanced level, the various strengths and limitations of qualitative methods;
The ability to review critically academic debates on the pros and cons of various qualitative methods, and of qualitative methods in relation to other methods.

4. Course contents, modules and examinations

The course will present a number of advanced methods and their use in the social sciences. The overall aim is that the student should acquire the ability to apply these methods in empirical research and interpret findings that are thus generated.

The course provides specialist instruction in areas such as intensive case-study research; text analysis; participant observation; and interviewing. In addition to imparting familiarity with the particular techniques (including the application of software programmes), the course also reviews their use in contemporary social science research.

5. Course design

A series of seminars, based on relevant social science literature and led by scholars from various disciplines within the social sciences.

6. Course assessment

The examination has two components. One is active participation in seminars, which includes reasonable preparation, such as reading prescribed material before the seminars. The other component is a single-authored written paper.

The marks permitted are G (pass) or U (fail).
 The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate for compensatory support from Södertörn University, the examiner may decide on an adapted examination or alternative examination form in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

7. Reading list
  Decided by the subject in accordance with the relevant guidelines.

Blatter, J. och M. Haverland (2012), Designing Case Studies: Explanatory Approaches in Small-N Research (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan), 280 sidor.

Czarniawska, B. (2007), Shadowing and Other Techniques for Doing Fieldwork in Modern Societies (Malmö: Liber), 134 sidor.

Holstein, J. och J.F. Gubrium (1995), The Active Interview (London: Sage), 96 sidor.

Other articles and papers that provide deeper insight into the theoretical perspectives used on the course may be added to the list.

8. Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

9. Other stipulations
The course may not be credited in a degree programme alongside a course completed inside or outside of Sweden, which has a content that wholly or partly corresponds to the content of this course.