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FAG3165 Self-reflexive Methodology for the Scientific Study of Complex Social Phenomena 3.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FAG3165 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course will be focused on individual reading of the course literature, and joint discussions of the literature in three discussion seminars. The students will write a final essay which will reflect upon how they relate the insights gained from the readings and the seminars to their own research practice and topics.  The examination will be based on 1) active participation in the discussion seminars and 2) assessment of the final essay.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the students should have

  • ability to critically reflect over her own research practice, with a basis in self-reflexive methodology
  • ability to identify and assess how social complexity affects the preconditions for a specific study
  • ability to identify and assess the epistemological and ethical challenges relating to a specific research project
  • understanding of different epistemological and scientific ideals in order to promote interdisciplinary communication

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Same as for admission to PhD studies.

Recommended prerequisites

Same as for admission to PhD studies


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Course books and scientific papers.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • HEM1 - Home assignments, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Jonathan Metzger, Mattias Höjer

Supplementary information

The course is primarily developed as a complement to existing 4.5 credit TaMoS courses but can also function as a stand-alone course in theory of science and research methodology.

Examination: Approved written assignment and active participation in seminars

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Urban and Regional Studies