Syllabus for Introduction to Method and Knowledge Production in Russian and Eurasian Studies

Inledningskurs i metod och vetenskap i Rysslands- och Eurasienstudier

Syllabus

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 2EU008
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Eurasian Studies A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2020-02-27
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2020
  • Entry requirements: Enrolment in the Master's Programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies.
  • Responsible department: Department of Informatics and Media

Learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • describe the field of Russian and Eurasian Studies in terms of its history;
  • identify and account for the main disciplinary fields that have contributed to knowledge-building in Russian and Eurasian Studies;
  • discuss analytically the relation between ontology, epistemology, method, and knowledge production within discrete disciplines;
  • in a well-informed way, describe and problematise synthetic and integrated forms of research that cross strict disciplinary borders, such as multi-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and problem-oriented research;

Competence and skills
  • identify the main characteristics of epistemology, method, and object of study in major disciplines contributing to the field of Russian and Eurasian Studies;
  • discuss the relation between research problem, research design, and results within disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research;
  • conduct research in the field of Russian and Eurasian studies within disciplinary bounds and across them;
Judgment and approach
  • identify different objects/problems of study in Russian and Eurasian Studies and analyse their connection to different disciplinary epistemologies and methods;
  • reflect independently on the role that epistemology and method play in the construction of research questions and research design;
  • connect epistemology, research method, and results to societal needs and priorities;
  • reflect on and analyse the implications that epistemology and method have on research ethics.

Content

The course situates the field of Russian and Eurasian Studies in its complex history, and notions such as Area-Studies, multi-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and problem-oriented research. The course provides students with the necessary analytical tools to understand and reflect on knowledge production within Russian and Eurasian Studies that crosses strict disciplinary borders. It introduces the students to the role of epistemology in research within and beyond disciplines that have been most commonly associated with Russian and Eurasian Studies (such as History, Political Science, Economics, Literary Studies, Media Studies, etc.). The course emphasizes the connection between ontology, epistemology, and method, in the creation of knowledge in the cross-disciplinary field of Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Instruction

The course comprises of lectures, and seminars.

Assessment

The course is examined by attendance and active participation in seminar discussion, oral presentations, and a written assignment.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator or a decision by the department's working group for study matters.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Repko, Allen F.; Szostak, Rick; Buchberger, Michelle Phillips Introduction to interdisciplinary studies

    Third edition.: Los Angeles: SAGE, [2020]

    Find in the library

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