Research Methodology

Summary

Admission requirements

The completion of minimum 30 credits of the Communication for Development Master Program.

Syllabus

Syllabus for students spring 2019, autumn 2018

Course Code:
KK623C revision 1.1
Level of specialisation
A1F
Main fields of study:
Communication for Development
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
22 February 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
24 February 2012

Entry requirements

The completion of minimum 30 credits of the Communication for Development Master Program.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is part of the main field of study Communication for Development and meets the degree requirements for the degree of Master, in this field.

Contents

The aim of this course is to give the students the opportunity to gain practical experience of the usage of research methods, and to reflect upon and discuss methodological issues of relevance for Communication for Development in general, and the study they are planning to pursue during their degree project in particular.

Learning outcomes

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
After completing the course, the student demonstrates:
(1) an understanding of the principles and rationale of a range of research paradigms of relevance for Communication for Development,
(2) in-depth knowledge about advantages and disadvantages of specific research methods, and
(3) the capacity to develop and apply a research framework in a critical, ethical and self-reflective way.

SKILLS AND ABILITY
After completing the course, students will be able:
(4) to formulate research questions, design a study and select methods appropriate for specific research needs,
(5) to reflect upon methodological aspects related to various research paradigms, and to see the relationship between theoretical discourse and choice of methods

CRITICAL SKILLS AND APPROACH
After completing the course, the student demonstrates:
(6) the capacity to critically reflect upon their own role and position as researchers, regarding matters such as power issues, ethical aspects as well as limitations and strengths of the outcome result,
(7) the critical awareness needed to discuss and analyse ethical problems connected to research in the area Communication for Development,
(8) awareness of the risks and harms of different research methods and designs in Communication for Development research, and
(9) methodological reflection upon issues such as epistemology and ontology.

Learning activities

Lectures, field observation, group work, literature studies and individual essay assignments.

Assessments

The course is examined through an individual observation exercise (1 credit, pass/fail grading scale, learning outcomes 1, 2), a classic reading group exercise (1 credit, pass/fail grading scale, learning outcomes 4, 5 & 7), an encyclopedia exercise (1 credit, pass/fail grading scale, learning outcomes 2, 4, & 9) and a final individual assignment (4.5 credits, AU grading scale, learning outcomes 3, 6, 7, 8 & 9) where the student, should get the opportunity to gain practical experience by using (at least) one particular research method of their own choice.
Students should able to reflect upon and discuss methodological issues of relevance for Communication for Development in general, and the thesis they are planning to pursue during the subsequent Degree Project course in particular.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Given, Lisa (ed.) (2012): The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods. London: Sage.
Regina Scheyvens (ed) Development Fieldwork: A Practical Guide, 2nd edition. London: Sage
A selection of classic readings is shared with students for the group exercise

Course evaluation

An anonymous electronic course evaluation is made at the end of the course. The electronic evaluation is accessible for all students.

Other Information

Access to computer with Internet connection (broadband) is required.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Åsa Ulemark, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-6657212
Tobias Denskus, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657365

Application

12 November 2018 - 20 January 2019 50% Distance (Malmö) This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 15000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 15000 SEK

01 April 2019 - 09 June 2019 50% Distance (Malmö) This course is offered as part of a program