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Document Research - SIMM59


This course surveys the main genres of document-based research, such as secondary data research and archival research, and provides some depth regarding selected types of such research.


Course content

The course surveys mostly qualitative approaches, including thematic analysis, (qualitative) content analysis, and narrative analysis. It discusses also some quantitative approaches, such as event analysis and (quantitative) content analysis. Further, it selectively elaborates on some techniques of analysis of documentary information. Finally, it situates documentary information in the broader context of research design, thus considering such aspects as the research question, literature review, epistemology, bias, and so on.

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:
2024-12-04 to 2025-01-19

Course schedule:
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Course syllabus

Course literature