Critical Methodologies in Ethnic and Migration Studies, 7.5 credits (742A45)

Kritiska metodologier inom studier av etnicitet och migration, 7.5 hp

Course description

This course provides an introduction to methodology and research methods in the social sciences and humanities as applied in studies on ethnic relations, ethnic diversity, migration, discrimination, racism and social inclusion/exclusion. The course focuses, on the one hand on the methodological heterogeneity of the field. Four major methodological dichotomies are going to be presented – Objectivism vs relativism, Historical vs Positivist/Empirical methods, Engagement vs Neutrality, and Quantitative vs Qualitative research methods. On the other hand, focus is going to be on developing a basic method skills, through in-depth specialization in one or a few research methods in ethnic and migration studies, such as: text analysis, narrative analysis and ethnographic method.

Main field of study

Ethnic and Migration Studies

Level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject course

Examiner

Zoran Slavnic

Course coordinator

Zoran Slavnic

Available for exchange students

Yes

Contact

Anna Martin, Study Advisor

Gunilla Bygdén, administrator

Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2019 v201949-202003 English Norrköping

Main field of study

Ethnic and Migration Studies

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level

A1X

Entry requirements

A bachelor’s degree in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, behavioural sciences, health sciences or natural sciences or equivalent qualifications. 

Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska B/Engelska 6.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student shall on an advanced level be able to: 

  • account for and critically examine various methodological perspectives and practical research methods in the field of research Ethnicity and migration and critically reflect on the interconnections of theory and method,
  • critically reflect on ethical dilemmas, possibilities and limitations of different methodological approaches,
  • design and present an outline of an independent scientific investigation.

Course content

This course provides an introduction to methodology and research methods in the social sciences and humanities as applied in studies on ethnic relations, ethnic diversity, migration, discrimination, racism and social inclusion/exclusion. The course consists of two parts. 
The first part introduces a survey of the methodological heterogeneity of the field, discusses epistemological, ethical and practical possibilities and limitations of different methodological approaches, and presents some basic research methods in ethnic and migration studies, such as: statistics and quantitative analysis, ethnographic methodologies, policy analysis, film analysis, narrative analysis, discourse analysis, and visual analysis.

The second part of the course further develops methodological perspectives and method skills, through in-depth specialization in one or a few methodological approaches relevant to the student’s thesis work.

Teaching and working methods

The course offers a combination of lectures, seminars, individual assignments and group assignments. Students are expected to be well prepared for lectures and to have completed assigned preparations for seminars. Language of instruction: English

Examination

The course is examined through active seminar participation, oral presentations and written assignments. Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide. 

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Grades

ECTS, EC

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

Department

Institutionen för samhälls- och välfärdsstudier
There is no course literature available for this course.
EXAM Course Paper EC 3 credits
SEM1 Seminar Participation EC 1.5 credits
SEM2 Seminar Presentation EC 3 credits

This tab contains public material from the course room in Lisam. The information published here is not legally binding, such material can be found under the other tabs on this page. There are no files available for this course.

Page responsible: Study information, bilda@uf.liu.se