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FAI3021 Qualitative Research Methods in Scientific Dissertations 7.5 credits

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course content is summarized in the following paragraphs:

The distinction qualitative – quantitative method

Scientific foundations for qualitative methods

Hermeneutics, phenomenology

Criteras of quality in qualitative research theses

Generation of theories

Intended learning outcomes

The comprehensive aim of the course is to provide knowledge of various qualitative research methods that are used in scientific dissertations, of their application, and of possibilities and limitations connected to the methods.

Course disposition

The course is conducted in the form av lectures and seminars. At two introductory seminars, qualitative methods in general are discussed. The discussions are based on a text book. Subsequently follows five seminars on dissertations where different qualitative research methods have been employed. Some lectures may be given in connection to the seminars. A concluding seminar deals with generation of knowledge.

Before each seminar, the participants shall analyze a dissertation and write a memo.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Initiated post graduate studies in the disciplines of real estate planning, land law, or real estate economics.

Recommended prerequisites

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Litteraturen består av en grundbok om kvalitativ metod och vetenskapsteori, fem doktorsavhandlingar där kvalitativa metoder använts, samt vetenskapliga artiklar på ämnet kvalitativa metoder.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Hand in assignment, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Active participation at seminars, 3 credits

Approved written memos, 4,5 credits

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.

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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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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/ Surveying – Geodesy, Land Law and Real Estate Planning