SL2537 Research Methodology for Sustainability

Programme course, 5 Higher education credits, Second cycle, autumn semester 2021

This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.

The purpose of the course is for the student to (1) develop deepened knowledge about and understanding of different research methods and approaches, specifically within sustainability research, (2) develop competence and skill to critically assess and use appropriate methods and approaches, and (3) prepare for her/his master’s thesis within Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.

Facts

  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, part-time 12%
  • Period : 2021-November-01 until 2022-May-01
  • Education level: A1F
  • Application: This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.
  • Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Main field of study: Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: This course is part of a programme and has no welcome letter.
  • Entry requirements: The course Strategic Sustainability Development, 12.5 ECTS and 2.5 ECTS in Leading in Complexity must have been passed.

Content

The course contains an overview of different methodological approaches and methods for research in general and specifically for research for sustainability. The course provides a basic overview of concepts and phenomena in science theory(such as ontology, epistemology, bias, reliability, validity and science ethics). A particular emphasis is put on qualitative methods such as interview methods, action research methods, case study methods, and methods of design science. The course also focuses on working with delimitation and positioning of thesis topics, formulation of research issues, organization of literature studies, choice of suitable methods for research work and formal requirements of a scientific text.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
On completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Identify key concepts and issues in sustainability science.
  • Describe various research methods relevant to Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.


Abilities and skills
On completion of the course the student will be able to:
  • Conduct a literature review and to critically examine resources for their relevance and scientific contribution to her/his (developing) thesis project.
  • Formulate relevant research questions and create a research plan for her/his (developing) thesis project by appropriately choosing and integrating different methods for research for Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.


Judgment and approach
On completion of the course the student will be able to:
  • Reflect on and contextualize a specific topic in relation to a systems perspective for Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.
  • Discuss key issues in sustainability science, including methodological choices in the field.
  • Argue for the choice of research methods in relation to her/his (developing) thesis project.
  • Discuss ethical considerations in research and specifically in relation to her/his chosen thesis topic.

Course literature and other teaching material

Savin-Baden, M., & Major, C. H. 2013. Qualitative
research: The essential guide to theory and practice.
Routledge.
ISBN-10: 0415674786
ISBN-13: 978-0415674782

Compendium with articles and other material.

Course literature and other teaching material

Savin-Baden, M., & Major, C. H. 2013. Qualitative
research: The essential guide to theory and practice.
Routledge.
ISBN-10: 0415674786
ISBN-13: 978-0415674782

Compendium with articles and other material.

Learning methods

The teaching in the course includes lectures, workshops, supervision, group dialogues, individual assignments, group work and individual reflection and reflection in groups. The lectures give a general view of many different methods in the area of interdisciplinary sustainability research. These are deepened, applied, integrated and reflected upon through the other learning items. The student will practice how to contextualize specific topics in a full systems perspective on sustainability and to critically reflect upon research for sustainability. Teachers with many different scientific backgrounds, professional experience and perspectives take part in the course. The students’ different educational backgrounds are also taken advantage of in the learning process. They are trained in receiving and giving criticism from many different scientific perspectives. Supervised group dialogues aim at cross-fertilization of the individuals’ different knowledge of methodology.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.

Teachers

Examiner
  1. Merlina Missimer
Course Manager
  1. Merlina Missimer

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 134 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.

Assessments

Component examinations for the course
Code Title ECTS credits Grade
1710 Written assignment 1 1 A-F
1720 Written assignment 2 1 A-F
1730 Written assignment 3 1 A-F
1740 Project assignment 1 1 G-U
1750 Project assignment 2 1 G-U

Grading

The course will be graded A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, supplementation required, F Fail.

Exams

More information about exams are found in the Student's Portal, where you also enrolls for most exams.


There might be other scheduled examinations. Information regarding these examinations are available in the learning platform Canvas or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.

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