POL3004 - Research Design and Qualitative Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course aims to show the scope of social science research methods and methodology, including research design and relevant philosophy of science.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:
- have knowledge about theory of science and methods in political science, with the primary emphasis on qualitative methods.
- have knowledge about the methods and techniques associated with the creation of a research design.
Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:
- carry out a research task with the use of a research method from the social sciences.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures/group discussions, 4 hours per week throughout the semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Presentation

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:
Industrial Ecology (MSINDECOL)
Media, Communication and Information Technology (MMEDIE)
Political Science (MPOL)

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
POL3004 7.5 01.09.2008
POL3005 7.5 01.09.2010
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Version: 2
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 2

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Media Studies and Communication
  • Social Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science



Examination arrangement: Assignment

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