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2013/2014  KAN-2SME  Scientific Methods in Practice

English Title
Scientific Methods in Practice

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Anna Leander - MPP
Main academic disciplines
  • Methodology
Last updated on 06-01-2014
Learning objectives
  • an understanding of the core methodological issues involved in doing interdisciplinary work (as is expected in the context of the IBP Programme)
  • familiarity with the main methodologies practiced in each of the three IBP streams
  • an ability to independently develop and justify a methodological approach
  • the capacity to critically assess and relate these methodological approaches
Written Assignment:
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Spring Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The course gives a hands on introduction to the methodological practice in the context of the IBP MSc program. It departs from a discussion of the core methodological issues involved in doing inter- and multi-disciplinary work of the kind encouraged in the program. It then gives an overview of the kinds of methods involved in the different disciplines taught, an in-depth understanding of selected methodologies and an occasion for student to practice the methodologies on their own. The course then proceeds to encourage critical reflection on the advantages and drawbacks of the methodological choices any project has to make. The course concludes on a discussion about the role of methods in the context of an MSc Master's thesis .

Teaching methods
Lectures and discussions.
Last updated on 06-01-2014