Reviewing a Research Field

7.5 credits

Course, Master's level, 2FK052

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Flexible, 50%, Distance learning, English

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Flexible, 50%, Distance learning, English For exchange students

About the course

This course trains you in writing an advanced review of theory and evidence on a topic related to peace and conflict research. The review demonstrates to what extent you are able to identify the most important works, trends and debates within a certain field, and asses the current state of knowledge. Such a review is a necessary ingredient in a Master's thesis but the skills acquired in this course are also useful in many professional activities involving analytical tasks. Summarising, identifying and delimiting the boundaries of knowledge are key skills when preparing strategic documents, when deriving policy recommendations or when deciding between various policy options.

The course provides you with the opportunity to acquire skills in how to independently assess the state of knowledge within a given field of research. Online supervision sessions and assignments will assist you in identifying and analysing a specific field of research and you are encouraged to select a field closely linked to your future Master's thesis. Throughout the course, you acquire skills in summarising and presenting theories and results, including being able to identify and critically scrutinise the basic assumptions within a field of research. In addition, you will develop skills in how to make literature searches using various databases and in how to best present your literature review for various audiences.

Outline for distance course: Teaching principally consists of self-studies and correspondence with the head teacher via an online platform. To participate in the course, you need a computer and access to internet. There are no common course sessions.