Postgraduate course


  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeAORG319
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The purpose of the course is to enhance knowledge of central concepts and methods in the discipline, to provide further insight on the relation between theory and data as well as training in the development of relation between the two.

The course requires prior knowledge on different methods and techniques equivalence to MET102 Social Science Methodology. The course provides an in-depth review of relations between theory and data in selected fields of study. Focus is on the application of central concepts though empirical studies. Working with your exam essay you will have the opportunity to link a research problem to a methodically adequate research design.

Learning Outcomes


The student acquires advanced knowledge of:

  • how to outline research by preparing questions and design projects,
  • research traditions such as the positivist method, hermeneutics and discourse analysis and their relevance in the study of organisations, power, social practices and politics in order to substantiate and critically discuss research options, topics and design.


The student can:

  • Evaluate methods and theories in relation to his/her own research.
  • Critically discuss how the relationships between data and theoretical concepts can be addressed


General competence

The student is able to:

  • distinguish clearly between different kinds of explanations and theoretical approaches in public administration, organization studies,and political science.

Required Previous Knowledge

MET102, or equivalent knowledge in methodology approved by the department.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

AORG101, AORG104, AORG103/AORG105/AORG107, AORG209/AORG210

Access to the Course

The course is open for students who have been accepted to the Master´s program at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars and individual guidance

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Presentation of a draft of the exam essay. In addition you are required to comment on a presentation from another student. Approved compulsory requirements are valid in the current and the following exam semester.

Forms of Assessment

Essay (5500-6000 words, approx. 20 pages) and 4 hours written exam (2/3 + 1/3)

Grading Scale

Grading A-F

Subject Overlap

AORG307B - 15 credits, AORG307A - 10 credits and AORG321 - 15 credits

Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated every third year.


Department of Administration and Organization Theory


Contact Information

Department of Administration and Organization Theory