Theory of Science and Research Methodology


Admission requirements

Bachelor degree in social sciences or humanities + the equivalent of English course B

This course is offered as part of program:


Syllabus for students spring 2021, spring 2020, spring 2019

Course Code:
IM626L revision 3
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Date of establishment:
26 February 2009
Date of ratification:
09 November 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
28 August 2017

Advancement in relation to the degree requirements

The course can normally be included in a generel degree at advanced level.

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree in social sciences or humanities + the equivalent of English course B

Learning outcomes

After finishing the course, the student shall:

• display knowledge of and insight into the methodology within the field of research, encompassing the humanities and the social science disciplines relevant to IMER-related research, as well as the various theoretical perspectives that inform such research;

• display an ability to independently identify and formulate a problem for detailed consideration both orally and in writing, and apply methodology correctly in a specific research situation in order to convey the results of their own work, and the results of others;

• display an ability to evaluate and elaborate on issues of empirical research from the relevant social and ethical perspectives.


The assessment of the students’ knowledge will be based on individually performed written assignments and/or on oral or written presentations of group projects. In group presentations the individual student’s contribution must be distinguishable.

Students who do not pass the regular course exams have the minimum of two re-sit opportunities. Re-sits follow the same form as the original exams, apart from re-sits for group work, which take the form of individual written and oral assignments.

Course content

The course presents important aspects of theory of science and research methods relevant to the multidisciplinary field of advanced IMER studies. Covering both qualitatively and quantitatively oriented methods of research, the course provides knowledge for the student in formulating research questions and relevant problems/hypotheses for conducting an independent research assignment. The student’s ability to choose, apply and present methods of research will be assessed through seminar presentations and written assignments.

Learning activities

The course is based on active participation of the students. A variety of methods, including interactive lectures/discussions, assigned readings, and group projects will be utilised for the purpose of achieving the course objectives.

Grading system

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

Course literature and other teaching materials

Perri 6 & Christine Bellamy (2012.) Principles of Methodology: Research Design in Social Science. London: Sage Publications.

Ramazanoðlu, Caroline, & Holland, Janet (2002). Feminist Methodology: Challenges and Choices. London: Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage. Introduction and Chapter 1.

Rosenberg, Alexander (2012). Philosophy of Social Science (4th ed.). Boulder, CO.: Westview Press.
Somekh, Bridget & Lewin, Cathy (2004). Research Methods in the Social Sciences. London: Sage Publications (online)

Additional articles and academic theses will be agreed upon during the course.

Course evaluation

All students are offered an opportunity to give oral or written feedback at the end of the course. A summary of the results will be made available. The students are also given a possibility to offer feedback through the course council.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

GPSstudent - Malmö universitet,
Margareta Popoola, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657354


18 January 2021 - 28 March 2021 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program