Syllabus, Master's level, 2FK053
- Education cycle
- Second cycle
- Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
- Peace and Conflict Studies A1N
- Grading system
- Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
- Finalised by
- The Department Board, 5 April 2023
- Responsible department
- Department of Peace and Conflict Research
Fulfilment of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is 30 credits in peace and conflict studies, or the equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.
After completion of this course the student is expected to be able to:
- Evaluate the scientific relevance and quality of theoretically driven empirical research.
- Formulate a research question and relate it to existing scholarly knowledge.
- Assess the components and virtue of theoretical arguments.
- Apply some of the common techniques for selecting cases and collecting data.
- Critically assess the relevance of the data collected.
- Identify how to achieve descriptive and causal inference.
- Identify and assess the ethical problems associated with peace and conflict research and be able to minimise such problems.
- Understand the relevance of using scientific methods outside the academic community.
- Independently solve assignments within allocated time.
- Communicate in English, in writing and/or orally.
The course aims to develop the ability to use social science methods and to sharpen the critical understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of different methods.
The course emphasises the common principles that unite the intensive study of few cases and the extensive study of many cases, but also highlights relevant differences between these approaches in terms of inferential logic and techniques for selecting cases and analysing data.
The course discusses all central steps of the research process and the critical choices that a researcher has to overcome, such as: How do we formulate a fruitful research question? What criteria can be imposed on a good scientific theory? How do we empirically assess a scientific theory? How should the observed data be interpreted? Central topics covered in the course include the scientific approach, research design, inference, research ethics, and comparative case studies.
The course consists of lectures and mandatory seminars. The literature combines generic methods texts with applications
from the field of peace and conflict research. The language of instruction is English.
The course is examined through mandatory seminar assignments and a written exam. The written exam is intended to provide a basis for grading the students but also offer students an opportunity to repeat the course content and thereby consolidate their knowledge.
Grades: Pass with distinction (VG), Pass (G), Fail (U).
In order to receive the grade Pass (G), the student is required to:
- participate in all mandatory seminars and present a genuine attempt to solve all assignments before each seminar. Should a student fail to hand in a seminar assignment on time and/or be absent from a seminar, the student will need to complete a replacement assignment in addition to the original assignment.
- receive a grade of Pass the written exam
In order to receive the grade Pass with distinction (VG), the student is required to:
- participate in all mandatory seminars and present a genuine attempt to solve all assignments before each seminar. Should a student fail to hand in a seminar assignment on time and/or be absent from a seminar, the student will need to complete a replacement assignment in addition to the original assignment
- receive a Pass with distinction (VG) on the written exam.
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.
Uppsala University does not accept cheating and plagiarism. Suspected incidents of cheating or plagiarism are reported to the Vice-Chancellor, which may issue a formal warning to the student or suspend the student from studies for a certain period.