ISA3001 - Qualitative method


New from the academic year 2020/2021

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 2 weeks ALLE

Course content

This course provides insights to various qualitative research approaches. Special emphasis is on interview techniques and field-observation, while other methods will be presented more generally (e.g. document and text analysis). This course presents and discusses issues of design, sampling, data-collection, analysis and dissemination. We also present different elements of the Grounded Theory, comparative qualitative analysis of social policy, fieldwork, case-design and evaluation studies.

Learning outcome


The student has knowledge about:
-Research interviews
-Different aspects of sampling, data gathering, analysis of qualitative data and presentation of qualitative data
-Grounded Theory
-Comparative qualitative analysis of social policies, fieldwork, case-design and evaluation studies

The student can:
-Conduct research interviews
-Gather qualitative observation data
-Analyze qualitative data
-Present qualitative data

General competence
The student can:
-Ontological, epistemological, methodological and ethical principles of qualitative methods
-Sampling, gathering and presentation of qualitative data

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and 2 exercise-assignments (compulsory activity).
Language: Norwegian

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment
  • Written assignment

Further on evaluation

Home exam, 4000 - 5000 words.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Child Welfare Work (HSMBV)
Disability and Society (MFUNKSAM)
Learning in Working Life and Society (MVL)
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 01.09.2020
HLS3004 7.5 01.09.2020
More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Work



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE
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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