Advances in the Methodologies of Research on the Social Sciences and Humanities

This course aims at giving doctoral students advanced knowledge in the methodological tools of research in the social sciences and humanities.

Framträdande forskningsmetodologier i samhällsvetenskap och humaniora, 5 poäng.


This course aims at giving doctoral students advanced knowledge in the methodological tools of research in the social sciences and humanities. The course offers theoretical tools and concepts to understand the relations between different scientific traditions and research methods. It aims at developing a reflective and respectful attitude towards different traditions and schools, and to develop the participants' own understanding of his/her view on knowledge. A further aim is to develop the abilities to understand and critically review some important theoretical and methodological issues in research.


The course gives deeper insight into the methods of research related to specific disciplines within the broader field of social sciences and humanities. Different theories and methods of investigations are presented and discussed out of the specific conditions that differentiate, but also associate between them. The course gives the students good opportunities to reflect upon the specific boundaries specific for each disciplines but also upon the methodological affinities existing between them. The course consists of the following seminars:

  1. Introduction to the course and research on learning, teaching and education
  2. Genus perspectives in research on social sciences and humanities
  3. Perspectives on research on media and communication studies
  4. Researching management and the learning organization
  5. Linguistic research applied in narrative analysis
  6. Scientific boundaries for research in political science
  7. Examination

Required readings

To be announced at the course introduction on Monday the 4th of September 2006.


The examination will be based on continuing written and/or oral tests. The final examination will take part in January 2007 out of an individual assignment to be handed at the end of the course. A number of compulsory assignments are also handed in during the course. The grades are either pass or fail. The participants are also required to actively participate in the 7 seminars.

Language of instruction is English unless there are only Swedish speaking participants. Written assignments can be handed in Swedish or English.

Course time

The schedule for the course is going to be planned together with the participants at the first meeting.


In order to apply to the course you need to be registered as doctoral student at HJ and meet the special requirements for being a doctoral candidate.

Applications should be sent to Karin Karlsson, HLK ( at the latest August 14th.

Course coordinator and Examinator
Professor Mohamed Chaib, School of Education and Communication.