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Designing Research in Social Sciences - SIMM52


This course aims to provide the student with an understanding of and skills in research design in the social sciences.


Course content

The course aims to provide the student with an understanding of and skills in research design in the social sciences. More specifically, the following issues are covered by the course:

  • research approaches, 
  • applied philosophy of science in the social sciences, 
  • literature overview,
  • selection of a research topic,
  • contextualizing the research topic,
  • role of theories in research,
  • formulation of research questions,
  • research design,
  • research ethics,
  • and reflexivity in the research process.

The course introduces these issues through theoretical discussions and practical exercises. The student works both in groups and individually.

Online course platform

This course uses Canvas as the online course platform. The course platform will be opened two weeks before the course begins to all students who were accepted. Here you will be able to access literature, assignments, announcements, as well as participate in discussions and communicate with teachers. 


The course schedule can be found under the course information on the right. Please note that the final version of the schedule will be made available four weeks before the course begins, and changes may occur until that point. A more detailed schedule will be available on the course platform on Canvas.

About the course

Next course period: 
2024-11-01 to 2024-12-03

Course schedule:
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Course syllabus

Course literature