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ME6-1002 Research Methods in Social Sience

Course description for academic year 2023/2024

Contents and structure

The course starts with a philosophy of science introduction. Before proceeding to the phases of a research project. From developing a research question and design to collecting and analysing data and discussing and presenting the findings for qualitative and quantitative studies. The students also learn about digital methods, particularly the use of secondary data from the internet and social media.

Learning Outcome


The students can explain the following;

  • the basic terms and modes of research methods
  • how research is planned and carried out in social sciences
  • how theory directs qualitative and quantitative studies
  • qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and analysis and how these two methods can be combined
  • digital research methods and the particular benefits and challenges related to these methods


The students can;

  • formulate research problems and hypothesis
  • choose between different research designs and data collection methods
  • carry out qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, analysis and interpretation of the findings, including a few digital methods
  • assure the quality of the data collection, analysis and understanding of the findings
  • evaluate the quality of research
  • plan, carry out and present studies with supervision

General competence

The students can;

  • carry out critical thinking and ethical research reflection
  • critically evaluate their sources, and reflect upon their methodological practice
  • work in groups to plan and later carry out their bachelor’s thesis

Recommended previous knowledge

ME6-1001 Statistics, BØA1155 Statistics for Economists, or similar knowledge.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, assignments, group work and self-study.

Class attendance is expected. Please come well-prepared.

Compulsory learning activities

Up to three assignments.

One or two practical tasks and one written assignment in groups of 2-3 students.


Home exam over two days, in groups of two to three students.

Examination support material


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Course reductions

  • ME6-200 - Samfunnsvitskapleg metode og statistikk - Reduction: 3.5 studypoints
  • ME6-200 - Samfunnsvitskapleg metode og statistikk - Reduction: 3.5 studypoints
  • ØKB2124 - Samfunnsvitskapleg metode - Reduction: 7.5 studypoints
  • ØMO111 - Samfunnsvitskapleg metode - Reduction: 7.5 studypoints