POL8514 - Qualitative Methods and The Study of Civil War


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course is about the application of qualitative methods to the study of civil war. It begins with an overview of the cutting edge in qualitative methods. It assess methods inspired by positivism (case studies, process tracing, counterfactual analysis) and methods in more interprative nature (discourse, ethnography, textual analysis). The course also review the promise (and pitfalls) of methodological pluralism.

Learning outcome

Knowledge – the student shall: - be able to assess and use different qualitative methods in the study of civil war. - be in command of the area’s scientific theory and methods and be able to contribute to the development of new knowledge in the discipline. Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to: - treat one of the themes which was discussed in instruction in an independent empirical analytical manner which is at a high international level.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures/group discussions. Supervision of term paper. The essay is to be an independent discussion of a topic taught in lectures. Length of paper: 6000-10000 words. The course is given in co-operation with Centre for the Study of Civil War, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). The course is offered when it is available teaching resources at PRIO.

Required previous knowledge

Master's degree in Political Science or equivalent.

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

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Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Political Science
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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