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Development Studies: Theory of Science and Research Methods: An Introduction

Course · 15 credits

Description

Kursen ges som obligatorisk kurs inom Kandidatprogrammet i Utvecklingsstudier, 180 högskolepoäng.

Kursens syfte är att ge grundläggande kunskap om och förståelse för vetenskapsteori och forskningsmetoder inom samhällsvetenskap. Kärnan i kursen utgörs därför av presentationer av och diskussioner om central vetenskapsteori och dess relevans för samhällsvetenskap. Studenten får också en introduktion till olika samhällsvetenskapliga forskningsmetoder och deras relevans för studiet av samtida samhällsvetenskapliga forskningsfrågor.

I kursens första del presenteras centrala vetenskapsteoretiska perspektiv, i synnerhet sådana som är kopplade till samhällsvetenskapen. Grundläggande begrepp, verktyg och termer introduceras. Under seminarierna läggs fokus på en tillämpning av kursinnehållet samt om hur vetenskapsteori används och kan användas inom forskning och yrkesliv.

I den andra delen av kursen introduceras kvalitativa och kvantitativa forskningsmetoder och hur de används, sett ur ett validitetsperspektiv. Studenten föreläggs samhällsvetenskapliga problem för reflektion och tillämpar sin kunskaper om aktuella utvecklingsfrågor under seminarierna. I detta arbete får studenten lära sig att formulera forskningsfrågor och att tillämpa teorier. Grundläggande metoder för att samla in data samt analysera intervjuer, enkäter, observationer och databasmaterial introduceras. En ytterligare central aspekt för kursen är att studenterna ska utveckla färdigheter i att förmedla resultat i såväl skriftlig som muntlig form.

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Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

General requirements and studies equivalent of courses Civics 1b or 1a1+1a2 and English 6 from Swedish Upper Secondary School.

Selection criteria

Seats are allocated according to the following: The general average (GPA) of your higher secondary school leaving certificate: 34 %, The Swedish national university aptitude test: 34 %, number of previous ECTS at application deadline (up to 165): 32 %. If students have equal credentials, seats are allocated based on their results on The Swedish National University Aptitude Test. If this too is equal, seats are allocated based on a draw.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

How to prove your English proficiency – universityadmissions.se

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.

Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se

Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se

Apply

Start Spring Semester 2022

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

23 March 2022 - 5 June 2022

Application

Can only be applied to within an educational programme.

Start Spring Semester 2023

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

22 March 2023 - 4 June 2023

Application

Can only be applied to within an educational programme.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
    Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
    Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
    Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
     
  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
     
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 25 000

First payment: SEK 25 000

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Paying your application fee – universityadmissions.se

Exemptions from paying the application fee – universityadmissions.se


*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations