Syllabus for Sociology of Education, Research Techniques

Utbildningssociologi, forskningstekniker


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 4PE229
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sociology of Education 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: 2019-06-20
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2020
  • Entry requirements:

    A Bachelor's degree including at least 90 credits from a discipline pertaining to the social sciences or the humanities.

  • Responsible department: Department of Education

Decisions and guidelines

The course is part of the Master's Programme in Sociology of Education.

Learning outcomes

Students should be able to acquire skills and insights into research techniques relevant to Sociology of Education, including quantitative and qualitative, diachronic and synchronous, and ethical aspects of these techniques.

After completion of the course students are expected to be able to:

  • evaluate and reflect on research techniques that are central to Sociology of Education
  • collect, process and analyse materials of different character
  • relate to and apply research ethical principles
  • write a short scientific report


The course covers the most important research techniques for Sociology of Education, including statistics, surveys, interviews, observations and document studies. The course focuses on practical applications of these techniques. Research ethical principles are addressed. In addition, focus is given to scientific report writing.


Lectures, seminars and workshops.


The assessment is based on written assignments.

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.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

The reading list for a 7.5-credit course comprises about 1000 pages, for a 15-credit course about 2000 pages. Furthermore scientific articles corresponding to about 150 pages can be added by the course management.

  • Edelberg, Peter; Simonsen, Dorthe Gert Changing the Subject : Epistemologies of Scandinavian source criticism

    Part of:

    Scandinavian journal of history [Elektronisk resurs]



    vol. 40 (2015) nr. 2 s. 215-238

    Find in the library


  • Jerolmack, Colin; Khan, Shamus Talk Is Cheap : Ethnography and the Attitudinal Fallacy

    Part of:

    Sociological methods & research [Elektronisk resurs]

    Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 1999-


    vol. 43 (2014) nr. 2 s. 178-209

    Find in the library


  • Winther Jørgensen, Marianne Phillips, Louise Discourse analysis as theory and method

    London: Sage, 2002

    Chapters 1 and 2

    Find in the library


  • Kalir, Barak The field of work and the work of the field : Conceptualising an anthropological research engagement

    Part of:

    Social anthropology [Elektronisk resurs]



    vol. 14 (2007) nr. 2 s. 235-246

    Find in the library


  • Imai, Kosuke. Quantitative social science : an introduction

    Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017.

    Find in the library


  • O'Reilly, Karen Ethnographic methods

    second edition: London: Routledge, 2012

    Tillgänglig för användare inom Uppsala universitet

    Find in the library


  • Swedish Research Council, Good Research Practices

    Swedish Research Council, 2017

    Good Research Practices


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