Master’s studies

Syllabus for Methods II

Metod II

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2FK054
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Peace and Conflict Studies A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG).
  • Established: 2016-06-02
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 27, 2016
  • Entry requirements: 1.  Bachelor of Arts degree with at least 90 credits in peace and conflict studies, or 90 credits in a related relevant discipline and at least 30 credits in major subject or equivalent experience.

    2.  Enrolment and participation in Methods I.
  • Responsible department: Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Learning outcomes

After completion of this course the student is expected to be able to:

  • apply the principles of statistical inference
  • apply and interpret key statistical methods such as linear and logistic regression analysis
  • independently conduct statistical analysis using statistical software
  • apply statistical analysis to answer a research question and test theoretical arguments
  • assess the relevance of using scientific methods outside the academic community, such as in conducting and interpreting policy evaluations and reports
  • independently solve assignments within allocated time

Content

The course aims to deepen the knowledge of social science methodology that students have acquired during undergraduate studies. The aim is to develop the ability to use the methods of practical research and to sharpen the critical understanding of different methods’ advantages and disadvantages. Methods II focuses on the extensive study of many cases and the inferential logic behind statistical analysis. It also involves a practical assignment where statistical analysis is used for a miniature research project which involves all major steps of the research process (e.g. formulating a research question and theoretical argument and operationalizing key concepts). 
 

Instruction

The course consists of lectures and mandatory seminars. The literature combines generic methods texts with applications from the field of peace and conflict research. Some of the practical exercises used in preparation of the seminars require the use of statistical software.
 

Assessment

The course concludes with a written exam. The written exam is intended to provide a basis for grading the students but also offer students an opportunity to repeat the course content and thereby consolidate their knowledge.
 
Grades: Pass with distinction (VG), Pass (G), Fail (U).
 
In order to receive the grade Pass (G), the student is required to:

  • participate in all mandatory seminars and present a genuine attempt to solve all assignments before each seminar. Should a student fail to hand in a seminar assignment on time and/or be absent from a seminar, he/she will need to complete a replacement assignment in addition to the original assignment.
  • receive a grade of Pass the written exam 
In order to receive the grade Pass with distinction (VG), the student is required to:
  • participate in all mandatory seminars and present a genuine attempt to solve all assignments before each seminar. Should a student fail to hand in a seminar assignment on time and/or be absent from a seminar, he/she will need to complete a replacement assignment in addition to the original assignment
  • receive a Pass with distinction (VG) on the written exam. 

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.