Syllabus for Sociology of Education, Methods

Utbildningssociologi, metoder

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 4UK027
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sociology of Education A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2008-03-11
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Educational Sciences
  • Revised: 2015-09-09
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 02, 2016
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree corresponding to at least 180 credits, 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

The students should acquire knowledge of educational methods, construct a research project and design a scientific study.

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

  • analyse and evaluate how various methods and materials interact with research questions in scientific literature
  • formulate research questions in relation to research traditions and the current state of research and apply appropriate methods to relevant empirical data
  • utilise the central metods in the field of Sociology of Education
  • identify, and apply, scientific ethical principles
  • give short oral presentations


The course discusses the most central methods in Sociology of Education, including statistics, surveys, interviews, observations, and text analysis. An important part of the course is devoted to research design, formulation of research questions and construction of research objects. The course combines reflection on the theoretical foundations of scientific methods with practice of these methods. Scientific ethical principles are also discussed.


Lectures and seminars.


The assessment is based on written assignments.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 03, 2017

Required reading

Scientific articles corresponding to about 150 pages will be added by the course management.

  • Passeron, Jean-Claude; Bourdieu, Pierre; Chamboredon, Jean-Claude The Craft of Sociology : Epistemological Preliminaries

    Berlin: De Gruyter, 1991

    Selection of ca. 100 pp.

    Find in the library


  • Bourdieu, Pierre; Accardo, Alain The weight of the world : social suffering in contemporary society

    Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 1999

    "Understanding" 20 pp.

    Find in the library


  • Buckingham, Alan; Saunders, Peter The survey methods workbook : from design to analysis

    Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2004

    309 pp.

    Find in the library


  • Hermerén, Göran Good research practice

    Stockholm: The Swedish Research Council, 2011


    129 pp.

    Find in the library


  • Fetterman, David M. Ethnography : step-by-step

    3. ed.: London: SAGE, 2007

    173 pp.

    Find in the library


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

    London: Sage Publications Ltd., 2002

    229 pp.

    Find in the library


Reading list revisions