Syllabus for Methodology


A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 5RT968
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: International Humanitarian Action A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2016-12-21
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Theology
  • Revised: 2017-03-10
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Theology
  • Applies from: week 27, 2017
  • Entry requirements: The course is only available to exchange students from partner universities in the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA).
  • Responsible department: Department of Theology

Decisions and guidelines

The course is offered within the Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action 120 ECTS credits and is only available to exchange students from partner universities in the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA).

Learning outcomes

The module aims to provide students with the methodological training necessary to write a Master's thesis in humanitarian action. Successful completion of the module means that the student will have:

  • knowledge of the historical background and recent developments within qualitative and quantitative research methods used in social sciences;
  • knowledge of methodological and epistemological assumptions of research;
  • an ability to understand differences between major qualitative and quantitative methods for data collection;
  • knowledge about different ways to analyse data;
  • knowledge and skill in textual interpretation technique;
  • knowledge on how to incorporate different methods and methodology in an academic text;
  • knowledge of research ethics;
  • an ability to independently evaluate different methodological approaches and how they can be adapted to different research questions and practical considerations;
  • an ability to problematize the ethical dilemmas in qualitative and quantitative research.


The course covers different methods of data collection and how methods are incorporated into academic research. Students learn to select, describe and apply methods and how to categorize and analyse data from different perspectives. Students are also introduced to how methodology in general is related to the overall process of writing an academic text. Old Master's theses are analysed from a methodological perspective and good rules of thumb are discussed.


The teaching on this campus course includes both lectures and seminars. Attendance at seminars and at least 75% of lectures is compulsory. Students who miss seminars must compensate this absence. In general, students who miss more than 25% of lectures must also compensate. However, students who are absent for substantially more than 25% of lectures must instead take part in lectures the next time the course is provided. Participation in all lectures is highly encouraged since the lectures facilitate reading and analysis of the course literature.
The language of instruction is English.


The course is examined by individual paper and group exercises. Grade: VG, G or U (Pass with Distinction, Pass or Fail) as well as ECTS grades.

Transitional provisions

Students on a course regulated by this syllabus have the right to be examined for up to two years after their course instance has ended, and in accordance with this syllabus. In exceptional circumstances, they may also be examined later. Normally, instruction will only be given according to the latest version of the course syllabus.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 03, 2017

  • Robson, Colin; McCartan, Kieran Real world research : a resource for users of social research methods in applied settings

    Fourth Edition: Hoboken: Wiley, 2016.

    Find in the library


  • The craft of research Booth, Wayne C.; Colomb, Gregory G.; Williams, Joseph M.; Bizup, Joseph; Fitzgerald, William T.

    Fourth edition.: Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

    Find in the library


  • Article compendium

    Department of Theology,