SOS8539 - Theorizing in Social Science Research


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Paper
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Paper 100/100

Course content

The purpose of this course is to work with practical application of theory, theory development and concept development. Instead of focusing on one specific social science discipline, or theory, the ambition of this course is to stimulate the course participants to creativity and independence in their own application of theory. Substantial theorizing is a basic skill for new thinking, innovation and quality in social science research. In line with this is also a program of theory analogous to method, i.e. to develop a toolbox for what we as social scientists do with theory in research practice. The course is based on both examples of creative theory and concept application within various social science theory traditions and substantial theorizing in light of research questions, methods and research design. The course is set up as a mix of lectures and workshops where course participants have the opportunity to problematize and develop questions about theory, concepts and the research object in their own dissertation projects.

Learning outcome

Knowledge objectives - The student must:

• Discuss theoretical / methodological topics presented and discussed in the course

Skill objectives - The student must:

• deal with one of the topics addressed in the teaching in an independent way in a written work at an internationally high level.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars inTrondheim. Whether the course is taught in spring 2024 depends on whether the department has the resources to teach it. Contact the department for information.

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Paper

Required previous knowledge

Master's degree or equivalent in the social sciences or educational science

Course materials

Stated at the start of the semester

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geography
  • Education
  • Social Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Paper

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