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

Självreflexiv samhällsvetenskaplig metodologi för studiet av komplexa fenomen

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

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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

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Same as for admission to PhD studies.

Recommended prerequisites

Same as for admission to PhD studies

Equipment

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Literature

Course books and scientific papers.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • 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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Examiner

Mattias Höjer

Jonathan Metzger

Further information

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Offered by

ABE/Urban and Regional Studies

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Jonathan Metzger, Mattias Höjer

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.

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