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ME6-1002 Research Methods in Social Sience

Course description for academic year 2022/2023

Contents and structure

The course introduces students to the theory of science and research ethics. The course takes students through the hierarchical steps within the research process, from research question development to the writing of the final report, covering both qualitative and quantitative approaches, rationale of choice, and differences. Lectures can be complemented by seminars requiring active student participation.

Learning Outcome


On completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  • gain knowledge of key concepts in social science research and schools of thought
  • understand the foundations and principles of social science research, and design research projects.


Upon completion, the students should be able to:

  • explain and apply theory to direct qualitative and quantitative analyses
  • execute steps such as formulating research problem leading to analyses
  • understand basic principles within qualitative and quantitative research domains relevant to economic-administrative problem areas
  • conduct simple surveys and write project assignments under guidance

General competency:

Upon completion, the students should be able to:

  • read and understand social science research papers published in recognized journals in economic-administrative subject areas
  • make  critical assessments based upon past research, reflect on one's own academic practice, and work in groups to carry out own investigations.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

Teaching and Learning:

Lectures primarily in-class, eith possibly seminars.

Compulsory learning activities


One written assignment to be solved in groups of 2 - 3  students. The assignment must be passed in order to appear in the final exam. 


Home exam in groups of 2-3 persons for two days.

Examination support material


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