Department of Sociology

Syllabus for Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Kvalitativa metoder inom samhällsvetenskap


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2SC099
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sociology A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2012-03-08
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Revised: 2013-12-04
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 26, 2014
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree of 180 credits including 90 credits in social sciences.
  • Responsible department: Department of Sociology

Decisions and guidelines

The course is given as a skills course within the Master Programme in Social Science. The course may be given in English.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to use, evaluate and critically review different qualitative methods within the social sciences.


The course will present various qualitative methods and engage students in discussions over the basic premises of these methods. Students will learn how to use the different methods through practical applications.


The course consists of lectures, group exercises and seminars. Active participation in seminars is compulsory. Additional compulsory attendance will be specified in the course syllabus.


The course is examined through a individual assignments.

Other directives

The course is one of the skills courses within the Master Programme in Social Science. To obtain a Master of Social Science within the programme students are required to obtain two skills courses.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 26, 2014

Information about literature will be given by the teacher responsible for the course.