ISA3001 - Qualitative method


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 1 weeks A

Course content

This course provides insights to various qualitative research approaches. Particular emphasis is placed on research interviews, observation and document studies. The course deals with different types of research questions, the connection between research questions and research design, quality requirements for qualitative studies and research ethics guidelines.

Learning outcome

The student has knowledge about:

  • in-depth knowledge of qualitative design and the types of knowledge these can contribute
  • advanced knowledge of various methods such as interview, observation and document studies
  • advanced knowledge of different analytical traditions within qualitative methods
  • in-depth knowledge of research ethics and the relationship between theory and empirical data in empirical studies
  • can apply the knowledge in a research context

Skills - The student can:

  • develop a qualitative research design
  • analyze and critically consider the choice of methods

General competence - The student can:

  • can apply knowledge and skills on which qualitative methods are based
  • can communicate analysis strategies
  • can analyze relevant ethical issues in qualitative research

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and 2 exercise-assignments (compulsory activities). The compulsory assignments must be approved before taking the exam. Language: Norwegian

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment
  • Written assignment

Further on evaluation

Students will have a home exam of 1 week.

Compulsory activity must be approved in order to take the final exam in the course. The compulsory activities are approved for 4 years. If more than four years have passed since the approved compulsory activity, the student must carry out compulsory activities again in order to take the exam.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Child Welfare Work (MBVARB)
Child Welfare and Child Pretection (MBV)
Disability and Society (MFUNKSAM)
Social work (MSARB)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to one of the Department's Master programmes.

Course materials

Will be announced at the start of the semester

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SARB3006 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
HLS3004 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
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: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Work


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 A





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 A





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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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