Advanced Research Methods

Course content

Advanced Research Methods familiarizes students with relevant topics within qualitative and quantitative research methods. Students are expected to have some knowledge about one or more of the methods. Therefore, the course will focus on specific methods that are of relevance for cross-disciplinary research. The course is built around a case study in Copenhagen on a topic relevant for global development. Group work on the case study is employed as means to increase students’ methodological skills and analytical capacities.

Education

MSc programme in Global Development

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

Knowledge:

·  Describe central concepts in qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis and discuss their strengths and limitations.

Skills:

·  Plan and perform a survey;

·  Perform statistical analyses of survey data, using appropriate statistical software;

·  Plan and perform participant observation and qualitative interviews;

·  Perform qualitative analyses, using appropriate software;

·  Write an integrated report of main research findings.

Competences:

·  Select relevant methods for data gathering and analysis;

·  Critically examine and evaluate the choice of research method in scientific and scholarly work;

·  Ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries.

The course is based on a combination of lectures and interactive seminars drawing on relevant academic literature. Students develop their practical skills through exercises and an extensive empirical case study in Copenhagen combining and integrating the research methods

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
The exam is an essay; an individually written final proposal for a research design using the methods taught in the course.

A written group report composed of two separate assignments and an integrated analysis of the findings is a prerequisite for attending the exam.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See 'Learning Outcome'

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Seminar
  • 47
  • Practical exercises
  • 50
  • Preparation
  • 72
  • Exam
  • 10
  • English
  • 207