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PhD course: Research Methodologies

Spring Term, 2023 (27 February–28 April) Course credits: 15 (or 7.5 on request)

Department of Political Science, Lund University.

Course providers*:

Jens Bartelson, Julie Hassing Nielsen, Annika Bergman RosamondCatarina KinnvallHanna Bäck, Ted SvenssonMartin Hall

*Course directors: julie [dot] hassing_nielsen [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (Julie Hassing Nielsen) and ted [dot] svensson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (Ted Svensson).


Course description

This is a PhD level methods course offering an advanced introduction to theory of knowledge, research design and applied methods in the social sciences, with a special focus on political science. Topics covered include the relationship between political theory and political science, conceptualization and measurement, research design, fieldwork, qualitative/quantitative interviewing, discourse and narrative analyses, archival work, case studies, statistics and mixed methods. The course is structured around an open and flexible lecture/seminar format that requires active engagement by all course participants. Two PhD dissertations, later published as books, will be drawn upon as examples during the concluding part of the course.

Credits

The course is primarily given as a 15 ECTS credits (‘högskolepoäng’) course running over 9 weeks. However, a 7.5 credits version will also be available for students upon request; this version will include the first 6 and final 4 lectures/seminars.

Admission

The course will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, giving priority to (1) PhD students from the political science department in Lund, (2) PhD students from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University, (3) PhD students from other faculties at Lund University and (4) external PhD students. The maximum number of participants is 10. To be eligible for the course, students must have been admitted to a PhD level program and have passed some course in introductory qualitative and quantitative methods for the social sciences. PhD students from other faculties than the Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University as well as external PhD students need to pay a course fee – 10,000 SEK for 15 ECTS credits, 8,500 SEK for 7.5 ECTS credits – and submit a special permission form (see https://www.sam.lu.se/en/internal/research-and-education/phd-studies/phd-courses/how-apply-phd-courses).

Examination

 In advance of each lecture/seminar – except the introduction and sessions 12-15 – students are expected to, individually, hand in a 2-page reflection paper and 2 questions that they would like to discuss during the lecture/seminar. Since the course is based on active engagement by the participants, attendance is mandatory. Failure to attend a seminar should be compensated by a 4-page reflection paper on the topic of that seminar. Sessions 12-15 (on statistics) will be examined through 3 problem sets that are handed in for the computer labs. There will, thus, be 17 written assignments in total.

Venue: The large conference room, Ed367.

How to apply

Please first discuss your potential participation in the course with your supervisor before applying.

To apply, please send an e-mail to the course organisers Julie Hassing Nielsen julie [dot] hassing_nielsen [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se and Ted Svensson ted [dot] svensson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se until 30th January 2023 at the latest.

If you are not a PhD student at Lund University, you also need to fill out a Special Permission form and submit it with your application. 

Please download and complete this Special Permission form and submit it with your application.

Note that, successful applicants from other faculties and universities, including other universities in Sweden, are required to pay a course fee. The current fee is 10,000 SEK for the 15 ECTS points version of the course, and 8,500 SEK for the 7.5 ECTS points version.

What happens next?

Applications close around four weeks before each course starts. If the number of applicants exceeds available places, applicants are prioritised as follows:

  1. PhD students from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University
  2. PhD students from other faculties at Lund University
  3. External PhD students

An email containing admissions result will be sent to you shortly after the application closes.

This email, if you are admitted to a course, will include a welcome letter with information about the introductory course meeting, schedule, reading list and syllabus, as well as any other information or tasks that the teacher wishes to include. 

If you are placed on a reserve list, you will be notified of this as well.

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are no longer planning on taking a course as there might be other students on the reserve list.