POL2000 - Methods and Methodologies in Political Science


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 3 hours E

Course content

This course introduces basic methods in social science from a philosophy of science perspective. The emphasis is on understanding methods more than their application/use. Students learn how mainstream social scientific methods are often adopted from the natural sciences, but refined over time, to better study social science phenomena.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • understand the limits to social scientific approaches; and
  • have knowledge of the central methods and methodologies tied to the study of Political Science

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • choose an appropriate method and methodology when examining any particular question in Political Science

Learning methods and activities

4 hours of lecturing in the first half of the semester. The course may be taught in English.

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: 3-hour written exam in week 8.

Required previous knowledge

SOS1002 or an equivalent and one of the courses POL1000, POL1001, POL1002 or an equivalent. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

Provided at the start of the semester

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SVPOL200 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 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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