Professional studies

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Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is that students are able to prove basic knowledge in research methods that are specially relevant to the area of social service and can apply basic research methods in studies.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to

  • know and understand basic research concepts, designs, data collection and data analyse methods with both quantitative and qualitative research approaches and relevance to the research and developmental work within the area of social service.

  • read,analyze and critically review research articles, reports and thesis in Swedish, Finnish and English within the area of social service.

  • understand basic principles in research ethics.

Course contents

Research process.
Quantitative and qualitative research designs.
Questionnaire, interview and observation as data collection methods.
Content analysis.
Research ethics.
Critical review of scientific articles, reports and thesis.
Information retrieval.
Scientific writing.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic courses in social service

Additional information

Tutorials and skills trainings are compulsory.

Examination in statistics: Home examination 22-23.10.09
Examination in research process: Home examination
2.10.09. Deadline in Blackboard 7.10.09 at 9.00. Cut off date in Blackboard 31.12.09.
All the three examinations (tutorials, exam in statistics and research process) should be accomplished before getting the final grade.

Recommended or required reading

Jacobsen, D.I. 2007. Förståelse, beskrivning och förklaring. Introduktion till samhällsvetenskaplig metod för hälsovård och socialt arbete. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Larsson, Sam m.fl. (red.) 2005. Forskningsmetoder i socialt arbete. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 44 hours
  • Exercise based learning - 10 hours
  • Individual studies - 79 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 79 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 54 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods



  • Rosengren Åsa
  • Sigfrids Ingmar
  • Silius-Ahonen Ellinor
  • Stenbock-Hult Bettina
  • Sved Ann-Christine
  • Wärnå Carola


Rosengren Åsa

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

2009-10-23 - Exams

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