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Postgraduate course

Introduction to Methodology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semester
  • Course codeGLODE302
  • Number of semesters
  • LanguageEnglish
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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 in relation to their own discipline
  • Can communicate and discuss different research designs and account for their respective advantages and uses
  • Can critically, analytically and systematically evaluate research literature

Required Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

Open to all students registered in Master¿s Programmes in Global Development Theory and Practice, Health Promotion and Health Psychology, and Child Protection and Welfare. Other master's students registered in relevant programmes at UiB and exchange students may apply.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The teaching methods will comprise of lectures, group work, peer feedback on the two written exercises, and independent study.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • Two written exercises (1000 words each +-10%) 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 examination.
  • Compulsory attendance of 80% to the group work.

Forms of Assessment

Home exam (5 days, 3000 words)

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester


A new exam will be offered in the spring semester without accompanying lectures. The student must have completed and passed all compulsory assignments in the autumn semester to take this exam.

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.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Home exam

    Assignment handed out
    06.01.2022, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    10.01.2022, 15:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam