Postgraduate course

Introduction to Methodology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeGLODE302
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

ECTS Credits


Level of Study




Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

This course is an introduction to theory of knowledge and research methodologies, and promotes critical reflection on various epistemological and methodological approaches to research. It provides a broad overview over different methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, and their epistemological foundations. It addresses questions of research design, formulation of research problems, quality in research, and ethics throughout the research process.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the students should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student has in-depth knowledge of:

  • Different knowledge paradigms and explanatory models, and their implications for choice of methodological strategy
  • Key concepts and theories within quantitative and qualitative methodologies, mixed methods and action research
  • Research designs in quantitative and qualitative research, including the formulation of research questions
  • Ethical principles in research and their application in quantitative and qualitative research


The student has the ability to:

  • Develop research problems, argue for their relevance and identify research methods appropriate for the selected problems
  • Discuss key concepts of quality in both qualitative and quantitative research
  • Discuss and deal critically with basic principles of research ethics


General competence:

The student:

  • Can make qualified choices between different research methods
  • Can communicate and discuss different research designs and account for their respective advantages and uses
  • Can evaluate critically research literature

Required Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

Open to all students registered in Master's Programme in Global Development Theory and Practice. Other master's students registered in relevant programmes at UiB and exchange students may apply.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Lectures, group work, and individual and/or group feedback on the two written exercises.

The course spans over six weeks and includes 18 two-hour lectures and nine seminars.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

2 written exercises (500 and 1000 words respectively) on topics related to the learning outcomes of the course.

Both exercises must be completed and approved before the student can proceed to the home exam.

Forms of Assessment

Home exam (5 days, 3000 words)

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester


Reading List

The reading list will be available June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the Faculty of Psychology's routines for participatory evaluation and the University of Bergen's Quality Assurance System.

Programme Committee

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology.

Course Coordinator

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology.

Course Administrator

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology.


Contact Information

Faculty of Psychology,

Information Centre:


Tlf: (+47) 55 58 27 10

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Home exam

    Assignment handed out
    10.02.2020, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    17.02.2020, 12:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam