Qualitative Inquiry and Engagement

Course content

In addition to the conventional elements of qualitative methods courses (problem-definitions, research questions, field work, interviews, analysis, evidence etc.) this course will touch upon elements related to engagement in practical problems (building relations with stakeholders, making contracts, the role of values, the interaction between research and practice, the role of brokers, and the use of findings etc). 


Bachelor student: 10 ECTS

Master student: 7.5 ECTS

Learning outcome


After the successful completion of this course, the students will have a sufficient level of knowledge of fundamental problems in qualitative methods. This knowledge will be grounded in literature.



Students will have the skills to plan and carry out their own small-scale projects.



Students will also have the competence to

- deal with elementary practical problems in qualitative research as well as to

- discuss the use of these methods in relation to real-life problems and thereby also

- critically appraise how qualitative methods are used by others in actual research.


Lectures, discussions and small exercise. Students will work in groups on projects where they either

a) collaboratively carry out their own small-scale research projects or
b) design a project proposal which explains how and why qualitative methods can be used in their master thesis project or
c) critically review an existing piece of work which uses qualitative methods in a significant or controversial way

Visiting professor Thomas Schwandt and Professor Peter Dahler-Larsen will teach 2-3 hour sessions every week in September. Students will work with their own projects through the semester. There will be a 4-hour feedback-session in early November.

App 1200 pages. Textbooks, articles and case materials dealing with qualitative methods and engagement.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Free assignment
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
  • Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
  • Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • English
  • 28