Syllabus for Research Methods in Russian and Eurasian Studies

Forskningsmetoder i Rysslands- och Eurasienstudier

A revised version of the syllabus is available.

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2EU013
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Eurasian Studies A1F

    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: 2020-06-04
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2021
  • Entry requirements: Introduction to Method and Knowledge Production in Russian and Eurasian Studies, 5 credits
  • Responsible department: Department of Informatics and Media

Learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • account for different methodological approaches and methods of research in the Social Sciences and Humanities and reflect on the advantages and limitations that particular research methods presuppose;
  • critically discuss the relation between theory and methodology;
  • identify and apply methods which have commonly been used in Russian and Eurasian studies;
Competence and skills
  • select and apply appropriate methods to a particular research problem;
  • explain and argue for the selection of a particular method;
  • critically evaluate and analyse methods in cross-disciplinary research;
Judgment and approach
  • reflect on the implications that the chosen methodology has on the research results and analysis;reflect on the ethical implications of research methods;

Content

Building on the preceding course Introduction to Method and Knowledge Production in Russian and Eurasian Studies, this course provides deeper knowledge of some of the most common methods in the Social Science and Humanities. Special emphasis will be placed on the choice and application of different methods in relation to the research question of the study and possible theories. Students will also reflect on the selection and application of methods in cross-disciplinary research. The course raises students' awareness of some of the most common ethical issues associated with different research methods.

Instruction

The course comprises of lectures, seminars, and a practical exercise.

Assessment

The course is examined by active participation in seminars, oral presentations, a practical exercise, and 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 or a decision by the department's working group for study matters.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

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