Research Methods in Russian and Eurasian Studies

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 2EU013

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Eurasian Studies A1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 4 June 2020
Responsible department
Department of Informatics and Media

Entry requirements

Introduction to Method and Knowledge Production in Russian and Eurasian Studies, 5 credits

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;


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.


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


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.

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