GEOG3005 - Qualitative Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

The course focuses on qualitative methodology, such as case study and ethnography. Major emphasis will be on positioning, representation, reflexivity, ethics, and interpretations. How to generate data, conduct analysis and write-up the material when adopting methods such as interview, focus group discussion, observation, and text analysis are taught. Students will write a research proposal for the compulsory assignment.

Learning outcome

A student who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • obtains an advanced understanding of methodological principles, core concepts and techniques in qualitative Research.


  • is able to discuss, apply and assess qualitative methods in relation to a chosen research design.

General competency:

  • is able to write an independent assignment focusing on research design or specific aspects of qualitative research.

Learning methods and activities

Up to 14 hours lectures and individual compulsory assignment.

Students who are admitted to a international programme of study are required to answer compulsory activities and examinations in English. Students admitted to a Norwegian programme of study can answer in Norwegian, English or a Scandinavian language.

Compulsory assignments

  • Individual assignment

Further on evaluation

The compulsory assignments must be completed and approved in order to be eligible to take the exam. The examination is a 4 hour written exam (worth 100% of the final grade). Same form of examination is given when re-sitting for the exam or improving the grade. The written exam is offered both in the autumn and spring semester.

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor degree or equivalent. Other relevant qualifications may be accepted by the Department of Geography.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
GEOG3002 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
GEOG3052 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
AFR3002 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
AFR3005 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
GEOG3004 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geography
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-12-05 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 2
SL323 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL238 Sluppenvegen 14 2
SL110 turkis sone Sluppenvegen 14 34
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 2024-05-07 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111+SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 2
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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