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Methods in Development Studies - SIMM58


This course provides ample learning opportunities for the student to access, compare and understand a variety of research approaches and methods in contemporary development studies.


Course content

With an emphasis on qualitative research, the course will demonstrate and highlight main approaches and principles for the collection, construction and analysis of different types of data (text, numbers, images etc.) from primary as well as secondary and tertiary sources. 

A focal point of the course is to address key differences between various methods and tools for data collection and analysis and their potential for complementarity while keeping incompatibility in mind. The course also focuses on the importance of research dissemination and provides examples of constructive outreach strategies to reach diverse audiences. Throughout the course there will be emphasis on ethical considerations and positionality of doing research in a development study context.

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