MGLU5106 - Theory of Social Sciences and Research Methods for Master Dissertations in Social Science Education (1-7)


New from the academic year 2021/2022

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters
Term:  Autumn

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 6 hours

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letters
Term:  Spring

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 6 hours G

Course content

The course includes theory of science and research methods for master's theses. In lectures and seminars, theoretical positions in science, theory and method choices and the choice and acquisition of empirical data / sources are discussed. Students receive training and practice in the use of various quantitative and qualitative research methods, source-critical methods included. Furthermore, emphasis is placed on research design with emphasis on the connection between topics, issues, research questions and the application of relevant theory and methods. Current requirements for master's theses with regard to structure, language and level of precision, reference and theory use will also be addressed. Research ethics questions and questions about privacy are also part of the course. The students must submit a project assignment that will be a preliminary project to the master's thesis, where they describe and base the topic, problem, theory and methods.

Learning outcome


The student

  • has in-depth knowledge of scientific theory and qualitative and quantitative methods sufficient to be able to conduct scientific research themselves
  • has in-depth knowledge of the archives and can find relevant social science source material
  • has advanced knowledge of different research paradigms and connections between ontological and epistemological points of view and choice of research methods
  • has advanced knowledge of privacy and research ethics guidelines
  • has advanced knowledge of how scientific subject matter from own research is presented


The student

  • can assess and be critical of their own choices of problem, research design and method.
  • can assess whether the project needs approval from NSD and in collaboration with the supervisor apply for this if required
  • can carry out independent research projects and analyze collected empirical data / sources
  • can assess the quality of empirical data / sources constructively and critically, present the results in a way that is understandable, ethically sound and based on a critical understanding of existing professional traditions


The student

  • can create a work plan and an outline for the master's thesis
  • can explain and justify choices of research focus and method, as well as analyze relevant issues within social sciences and social sciences didactics
  • can critically evaluate quality of own and others' research
  • can communicate about academic issues, theory and method in an advanced way and contribute to academic and didactic innovation in school

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, self-study, group exercises, individual project work. Solution of mandatory and other tasks. Guidance. Seminars with student presentations. Students must submit a written project assignment. The project thesis will form the theoretical and research methodological basis for the master's thesis. Detailed requirements and delivery deadlines will be announced at the start of the semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory activities according to the course description

Further on evaluation

Mandatory activties

Approved assignment (s) and / or test (s) of a written and / or oral nature must be completed, as well as compulsory attendance at selected parts and an introductory session. 

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 1-7 (MGLU1-7)

Course materials

The final syllabus is posted on Blackboard before the start of studies.

More on the course



Version: A
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Home examination

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





Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 G 2022-05-10 09:00 INSPERA
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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