POL3004 - Research Design and Social Inquiry


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

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 small-N research designs

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

Class meets for 4 hours per week in half of the semester or 2 hours per week throughout the semester. The class meetings are divided between lectures in plenum and smaller group exercises.

The language of instruction can be English or Norwegian.

Compulsory assignments

  • Term paper(s)/exercise(s)/quiz(es). Specific requirements announced at the beginning of the term

Further on evaluation

Examination arrangement: 3-hour written exam

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Industrial Ecology (MSINDECOL)
Political Science (MPOL)

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
POL3004 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
POL3005 7.5 AUTUMN 2010
More on the course



Version: 2
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

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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