Level of Study
Semester of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The main objective is to nurture a basic understanding of the data production process in qualitative research. The knowledge acquired in this course is relevant for a Master´s degree in geography or for data production in concrete fields or settings. The literature and learning experiences from this course are relevant for fieldwork in own and other cultures.
The aim of this course is to learn good research practice in geography with a focus on theory that supports qualitative research. Central themes are research design, subjectivity and objectivity, critical reflexivity, research ethics, in addition to qualitative methods and techniques used in field research. Through this course you will learn how to develop a qualitative research design, hypotheses and research questions, and the application of field techniques with focus on interview methods, textual and document analysis, participation and observations (field methods).
Having completed the course the student should be able to:
- discuss the content of a qualitative research project, through acquiring knowledge of qualitative methods and techniques.
- independently assess methodological approach through preparation of an independent research project.
- apply qualitative methods, such as interview, questionnaires and observation.
- understand and experience the continuous process of a research project - through planning, collecting qualitative data, analysis and completion of text.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
GEO121, GEO131, GEO151 or equivalent
Access to the Course
The course is open for students at UiB
Teaching and learning methods
1-2 lectures per week + seminar.
Total 5-6 lectures and 1 seminar.
The course is taught in January and February. Exam in February/March
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
Paper based on practical assignment, 40%
Written exam, 4 hours, 60%
GEO307 - 5 ects
GEO206 will be evaluated every third semester
Type of assessment: Written Exam (New exam)
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam