SOS3515 - Advanced statistics and methods in social sciences


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment with an adjusting oral exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment with an adjusting oral exam 100/100

Course content

The content of the course varies. It may be given as an overview course, covering several statistical techniques and methods - such as multilevel analysis, panel data analysis or structural equation models - or it may be concentrated on one technique. The course may also link the analytical techniques to advanced rules and aspects of conducting social research, including research designs and data collection/evaluation techniques. Please consult the course coordinator to receive more information about the exact course content of this year.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • achieve insight and understanding into one or more techniques in applied statistical data analysis.

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • be able to apply the learned techniques in a practical manner (using Stata and/or R)
  • demonstrate the ability to use one of the analytical techniques addressed during the course in an independent manner through written work

Learning methods and activities

Intensive lectures/seminars (full days), normally during one week in the beginning of the semester (often the very first week). The sessions consist of a mix of theory and practice, that is, the presented topics and techniques will be subsequently applied in a practical manner (using Stata and/or R).If less than 6 students plan to attend the course, the course may be given as an individual study course with supervision. Students will be informed if this will be the case.

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation on lectures and seminars

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Individual term paper with an adjusting oral exam. The term paper should be an empirical research paper using one of the analytical techniques from the course. It should follow the logic of academic articles (intro, theory, data/methods, analysis/results and conclusion/discussion (plus appendix)) and may have a length of 5600-7500 words.The oral exam may be used to adjust the grade by one unit on the scale. The oral exam may cover the term paper, but also the recommended course readings or individually selected readings. All parts of the evaluation must be retaken when the exam is repeated.

Required previous knowledge

SOS3003 or SOS3005 or the equivalent. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

To be announced at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SOS3507 15.0 AUTUMN 2008
SOS3507 15.0 AUTUMN 2008
SOS8001 10.0 AUTUMN 2008
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Assignment with an adjusting oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment with an adjusting oral exam 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment with an adjusting oral exam 100/100 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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